Opposition Claims Government Insensitive About on-going Drought

From left, Embakasi MP Irshad Sumra is assisted by Kajiado Central MP, Memusi Kanchori in donating foodstuff to drought-stricken families and schools in Ildamat, Kajiado Central Sub County on Sunday.
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An opposition MP on Sunday questioned the whereabouts of Sh11 billion approved by parliament in the last budget to resolve famine situation in the country.

Embakasi MP, Irshad Sumra, while in company of Kajiado Central MP, Memusi Kanchori in Ildamat, Kajiado County, said he is worried the government could be using the money to oil its campaign machinery ahead of August 8 elections.

“If it is true the government is using budgeted money meant for famine that is hitting the country very hard now, those in leadership will be cursed by the lost souls of Kenyans. Many Kenyans are going without food and it is a matter of time before we start burying our own,” claimed Sumra.

The two leaders talked while distributing food to drought-stricken families and in schools in Ildamat and Kanke wards to sustain the children in learning institutions in Kajiado Central.

The foodstuff was donated by Lions Club International in collaboration with other charitable organizations.

The two leaders also offered livestock feeds to the local pastoralists.

Speaking during the event, the Lions Club international director , Manoj Shah, said the charity is meant to benefit Kenyans who are stricken by hunger.

“In a few weeks’ time other trucks will be heading to Machakos, Isiolo and other parts affected by drought,” Shah said.

Memusi urged the government to find permanent solutions as it is not only enough to declare drought as national disaster.

He said; “boardroom meetings and declarations of drought disasters do not bring food on the tables of the suffering Kenyans”.

The residents did not hide their joy while receiving relief food.

An elder, Peter Moinket, blessed all those who participated in the distribution of food to the people of Ildamat.

Most parts of Kajiado Central, West and South in Loitokitok have been hit by drought after the short rains failed late last year.

The situation is worst in Magadi, Ewuaso, Nkurruman, Mosiro and Shompole in Kajiado West Sub County where some families have moved to Tanzania in search grazing grounds for their livestock.

Last week, Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery announced that the government had already started buying livestock that have been overcome by drought.

He made the remark in Ewuaso Kedong Ward in Kajiado West and said the government will slaughter the same livestock and feed them to the local people.

“The Jubilee administration is keen to address the on-going drought across the nation. Money has been set aside for this exercise and those bickering that the government is doing nothing are just malicious people,” Nkaissery had said one week ago in Ewuaso.

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