Photo: Marsabit County Governor flagging-off fuel subsidies in jaldessa,Marsabit County.
“We have lost 60% of our livestock and in the next three months we will lose 80%” Says Governor Ukur.
Marsabit County Governor Ukur Yatani says his government is committed to ensure no resident dies of hunger and starvation ravaging the region.
At the same time, he has urged national governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to join hands in supporting the initiative to help the county residents.
Governor Yatani has pleaded pastoralists to live in peace, love and unity urging them to share limited resources of water and pasture.
“We want to show the world, We want to show all country that this problem is of bigger magnitude, is a problem which require sympathy and understanding of every human being in this county” Says Ukur.
The governor has also ordered funds meant for various developmental projects to be channeled towards saving the starving masses. .
He has also directed various departments of his government to cut on their expenditure in order to redirect the money to drought response initiatives to save lives and livelihoods.
The drought in the county has significantly affected both pastoral and agricultural sectors with a huge impact on households’ food availability and also livestock productivity in the county.
Until now, North Horr Sub County is the most affected. On Monday this week, three elderly people were confirmed dead due to famine-related complications in Qorqa, North Horr Constituency.
The sub county has been identified as having the severest vegetation deficit and thousands of livestock face danger of pangs of drought.
Hundreds of livestock have been reported to have died with the camels now as the latest casualty,Camel being considered as “Ship of the desert” the toughest to withstand heat and goes for a long time without water.
The most affected groups are the elderly, children and lactating mothers in the county since the food commodity in the relief menu comprise of Maize and beans unfortunately not palatable to the group that is dare not of high nutritional value.
This becomes the latest round of starvation crisis to rock the county, in a trend that has always got Government agencies flat-footed despite early warning signs issued and yet the nomadic communities still relies on olden weather prediction patterns.
Governor Yatani was speaking during peace sensitization meeting at Jaldessa location in Sakuu Sub-County, Marsabit County accompanied by a team of politicians.
The sensitization meeting brought together National and County government officials to talk to herders as early warning signs based on resource sharing e.g. water points and grazing areas.
So far more than five people have been reported dead following the drought in various parts of the county.