Isiolo County leaders have raised the red flag over a biting hunger situation in the county, following at least three seasons of inadequate rainfall. Addressing Journalists when he flagged off four trucks of relief food to assist thousands of families’ affected by hunger across 10 wards in the County, governor Mohamed Kuti who was accompanied by a host of MCA’s said that the county government needs support from both the national government and other well wishers to feed her people, considering that the drought situation has hit the County earlier than the previous ones, while resources at the devolved government’s disposal are also meagre. The county receives the least allocation from the national exchequer annually.
Dr Kuti said that this was the first intervention by his administration to cushion locals, warning ward administrators and members of committees who will take charge of the distribution exercise in their respective wards against misuse of the food stuffs. He called upon members of public to be vigilant and report anyone found stealing or selling the relief food so that appropriate action can be taken to ensure that the food reaches the needy families in all parts of the county.
He said that the county leadership had notified the national government of the hunger situation through the ministry of devolution, with CS Eugene Wamalwa issuing assurances that the national government had ordered food from china to take care of all affected citizens. Governor Kuti however noted that the need for food in Isiolo was urgent, hence the move to feed the locals as they await relief from the national government.
The 287 tonnes of rice, beans and maize flour purchased by the county government will be distributed to needy families in 10 wards across the county.
Apart from hunger, the Governor noted that locals from some wards in Isiolo were facing an acute shortage of water especially for livestock, a move that prompted the county leadership to seek support from donors.
Following the plea, Water Services Trust Fund donated Sh100 million to alleviate their suffering. The County boss said that the funds will be used to rehabilitate dysfunctional boreholes, water trucking in areas far from water points and fueling of generator pumps.
Governor Kuti together with the MCAs appealed to the national government and well wishers to intervene and support his administration in supplying relief food before the situation worsens.
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