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Kenya: President Kenyatta Flags Off Emergency Relief Supplies to Drought-Hit Counties

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday at State House, Nairobi, flagged off a consignment of emergency relief supplies to 23 arid and semi-arid counties affected by drought.

The relief intervention is set to benefit 2.3 million Kenyans in the affected counties.

Speaking during the occasion, President Kenyatta reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to providing both short-term and long-term solutions to drought by investing in community-based resilience and drought preparedness programmes.

The Head of State emphasized that the Government is focused on implementing interventions that will build resilience in all the vulnerable households, diversify livelihoods from drought sensitive activities to drought resilient ones as well as improve on early warning and impact forecasting systems.

“This flagging ceremony of a caravan of hope is part of the many interventions that my administration has undertaken since the 8th of September 2021 when I declared the ongoing drought a national disaster and immediately put in place measures to cushion the affected populations,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State pointed out that the Government, had released Sh2 billion to assist the affected households through relief food distribution, water trucking and a livestock offtake programme immediately after the declaration of the ongoing drought a national disaster late last year.

President Kenyatta said from October 2021 to date, a total of 11,250 cattle and 3,200 sheep and goats have been bought by the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from the counties most affected by drought.

He added that the Government also launched the Emergency Relief Cash Transfer in December 2021 which saw the disbursement of over Sh600 million through the MPesa platform to over 225,000 vulnerable households which translates to a population of over one million.

“Further, in January 2022 a total of Sh508 million was disbursed to 169,000 households, translating to a population of 846,885 reached by the cash transfer,” the President said.

President Kenyatta said his administration, through the Kenya Defence Forces, has constructed 10 water pans and three boreholes in Marsabit county, three water pans and three boreholes in Laikipia and Baringo counties to further ease pressure on communities living in the arid and semi-arid regions.

“The boreholes are complete with the associated works for domestic and livestock use. We are now expanding the programme to cover the Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Tana River, Meru, parts of Machakos and Kitui counties,” he said.