Government allocates additional Sh5.4bn to fight drought

November 17, 2016 6:45 pm
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Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the crisis which is currently affecting 1.5 million people is expected to persist into 2017/FILE
Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the crisis which is currently affecting 1.5 million people is expected to persist into 2017/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – The government has allocated an additional Sh5.4 billion towards drought related expenditure.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the crisis which is currently affecting 1.5 million people is expected to persist into 2017 with the effects being felt all the way to October and September as indicated by the meteorological department.

Overview
  • Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the crisis which is currently affecting 1.5 million people is expected to persist into 2017 with the effects being felt all the way to October and September as indicated by the meteorological department.
  • Kiraithe told a media briefing that the government has been closely monitoring the situation and is working with relevant stakeholders to co-ordinate effective short and long-term interventions.

Kiraithe told a media briefing that the government has been closely monitoring the situation and is working with relevant stakeholders to co-ordinate effective short and long-term interventions.

“With the late start and expected early cessation of the short rains, all indications are that the drought will persist into 2017.  In the affected areas, vegetation has greatly deteriorated and surface waters have all but run dry,” Kiraithe warned.

Currently 1.5 million people are affected by the drought with the numbers expected to rise.

Of the Sh5.4 billion, Sh1.65 billion has been allocated to food relief with the quantity of relief distributions expected to be doubled as of this month.

Another Sh713 million has been allocated towards ensuring the supplementary and therapeutic feeding for children under five, the provision of water treatment services and other measures geared towards supporting the health of citizens in drought stricken areas.

Sh1.24 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation for the drilling, preparation and rehabilitation of boreholes, the purchase and distribution of plastic collapsible tanks and various other water distribution and storage measures.

Sh244 million will go to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries for the purchase of drought tolerant seeds and the re-positioning of strategic food reserve stocks.

The ministry will further receive Sh1.3 billion for livestock related interventions including the purchase of hay and concentrates and livestock disease management.

Sh115 million has been allocated towards enhanced security measures in various counties and Sh156 million will be distributed as fees subsidy to day secondary schools to enable students maintain school attendances in the face of hard conditions.

Kiraithe said the multi-faceted interventions will help deal with the various faces and implications of the drought crisis.

“The government will continue acting to mitigate the impact of prolonged drought and meet the future needs that will emerge over time,” he said.

Kiraithe further stated that action would be taken against those found to be using resources meant for relief.

“The relief is meant for families in need and any other person found benefiting will be prosecuted as a thief,” Kiraithe cautioned.

“County Security Committees in conjunction with the County Government and other stakeholders have been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring this impropriety does not occur.”

Kiraithe also highlighted that both the National and County Governments have been closely monitoring the situation and are working with relevant stakeholders to co-ordinate effective short and long term interventions.

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