63,000 homes in Man­dera to get re­lief food

County to sup­ple­ment con­tri­bu­tion, sink bore­holes and build backup gen­er­a­tors

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - LEWIS NYAUNDI @X_nyaun­diH

The na­tional govern­ment has said it will dis­trib­ute re­lief food to the six sub­coun­ties of Man­dera county that face famine.

Sixty-three thou­sand house­holds face star­va­tion. One thou­sand bags of rice, 300 bags of beans and 200 bags of maize will be dis­trib­uted.

Gov­er­nor Ali Roba yes­ter­day said the county will sup­ple­ment the con­tri­bu­tion. He ad­dressed res­i­dents in Ko­tulu sub­county. Present were MPs Adan Mo­hamed (Man­dera North), Mo­hamed Mo­hamud (Man­dera West MP), Abdi Haji (Banissa) and Mo­hamed Huka (Man­dera South).

They urged the govern­ment to dis­trib­ute the food ur­gently be­cause famine has be­come a na­tional dis­as­ter.

The MPs also urged the govern­ment to in­crease the al­lo­ca­tion to the Drought Man­age­ment Fund.

They said the Sh5 bil­lion set aside is too lit­tle to ad­dress famine across the coun­try.

The lead­ers urged the govern­ment to build backup gen­er­a­tors to pump wa­ter from bore­holes. The county has sunk bore­holes in graz­ing re­gions in­clud­ing Elkuro, Maku­tano, Ogor­wein and Kubi.

The MPs raised con­cerns about the rise in dis­ease among an­i­mals, lead­ing to many deaths. Roba said a vac­ci­na­tion and de­worm­ing drive will be launched soon.

MPS SAY SH5 BIL­LION NOT ENOUGH TO END FAMINE

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Man­dera Gov­er­nor Ali Roba flags off 1,053 tons of re­lief food in Man­dera town on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2015

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