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Lenku’s headache to mitigate against ongoing devastating drought

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Thousands of cattle in Kajiado are at the risk of death due to devastating drought in the county.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku on Tuesday said hundreds of livestock have already succumbed.

Lenku described the situation as “tragic and life threatening.”

“The situation is life threatening. On Monday my government started sending fresh water tankers to the slopes of Kyulu Hills for most of our livestock grazing there but that is not enough,” said Lenku on the phone.

Lenku added, “about 70 to 80 per cent of Kajiado livestock have moved to Kyulu and the numbers are straining the already threatened scanty water sources.”

He said he had talks with Devolution CS, Mwangi Kiunjuri on Monday regarding hunger in the larger Kajiado county and that the Minister promised to immediately send relief food to starving families in the region.

Mashuuru deputy county commissioner, Stephen Nyakundi told KNU that he had counted more than 40 cows that had died along the Mashuuru/Sultan Hamud road on Tuesday morning.

“They are dying every day on this road as they travel to Kyulu national park for grazing. I have never seen such a catastrophe in many years,” said Nyakundi.

Most affected areas include; the entire Kajiado West sub county, Kajiado Central, and parts of Kajiado East.

A resident of Imaroro, Nackson Letuati, said most livestock owners have moved to Masimba area near Kyulu but that they are experiencing water shortage.

“Our livestock have grass on the slopes of Kyulu Hills but the biggest challenge is water and food for the herders,” said Letuati on the phone.

In Olkiramatian area of Kajiado West sub county, where irrigation of crops normally takes place, most farmers are now counting losses after Ewuaso Nyiro River dried up months ago.

Ewuaso Nyiro is fed by water from Mau Hills in Narok county and has been a source of livelihood to thousands of farmers in the West of Lake Magadi.

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