June 19, 2018

Government reviewing budget to solve drought situation in Marsabit

The Government will double distribution of relief food in Marsabit County to solve the drought situation experienced in the county, according to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to PSCU, President Kenyatta indicated that the Government is reviewing its budget to allocate more funds for the purchase of food to assist those affected by drought.

“We are reviewing the budget to step up distribution of relief food in the affected counties,” the President said.

“The Government is also looking for Sh1 billion for the completion of Badasa dam, which will boost water supply in the county,” he added.

The Head of State warned that the government would deal with unscrupulous contractors like the one who delayed completion of the dam.

“We will blacklist contractors who do not deliver value for taxpayers’ money,” Uhuru noted.

The President was speaking on Thursday (26/01/17) at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) centre in Marsabit where he had gone to assess progress of voter registration in the county.

Marsabit County Assembly said on Wednesday (25/01/17) it is ready to pass a supplementary budget to mitigate the drought ravaging the region.

Deputy Speaker Sora Guyo indicated that members met with Governor Ukur Yatani last week and asked him to come up with the budget to be considered by the assembly.

According to Mr Guyo, the Governor has presented a proposal in which he wants the recurrent expenditure of all the departments, some flagship projects and some ward projects suspended until the drought situation is solved.

On Tuesday (24/01/17), Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said the government had dispatched 420 tonnes of relief food for distribution in the county, where it will also buy 4,500 livestock.

The deputy Speaker also appealed for hay and water for emaciated livestock in his ward.

“Hundreds of livestock have camped in an oasis in my ward, they are so weak. We need urgent intervention of the county, state and humanitarian agencies to supply them with water and feeds,’’ he said.

Aside from drought, numerous factors are also affecting access to food in Kenya’s arid north, where the majority of people are pastoralists.

Rapidly increasing populations have piled pressure on resources, and people have become less mobile.

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