Photo: Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addressing the residents of Marsabit on how the government is ready to curb the drought menace in the region.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri today toured Marsabit County to flag-off relief food distribution exercise expected to start soon.
 
Kiunjuri was received by County leaders led by the Governor Ukur Yattani.
 
The minister said that the national government will continue to work hand-in-hand with county government to assist in mitigating drought crisis.
 
More than  6000 sacks of maize, 2500 sacks of beans  and 3000 sacks of rice accompanied by fat and porridge rich in protein is expected to be delivered to mothers, children and the elderly in the county as part of the first phase.
 
“No citizen of this county will die of hunger as long as the government is here” Says Kiunjuri.
 
He said that the food supply has begun and the central government has increased food aid to help avert the drought crisis in the hard-hit counties in the country.
 
Minister Kiunjuri’s visit to Marsabit county comes days before President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour on Thursday this week.
 
Kiunjuri urged residents of Marsabit County to vote for the current regime as they’ve not done that before.
 
He added that the government has already launched a project to buy livestock from county residents which he says has already begun in different parts of the county.
 
About schools in areas worst-hit by drought Kiunjuri said the food aid will be used to pay fees for students.
 
Addressing the public during the exercise Marsabit County Governor Ukur Yattani expressed worries that many people in the county were increasingly becoming needy due to drought.
 
Yattani said the county government and the central government will cooperate, and is prepared to ensure all those affected get food and water until the situation goes back to normal.
 
“The situation is dare, we need support to curb the biting drought” Says Ukur.
 
Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton is among the leaders who attended the meeting.
He urged the government to speed-up the food distribution exercise to salvage the situation by purchasing and distributing relief food to areas mostly affected by drought like North Horr Sub County.
 
He also urged residents to vote the Jubilee government and asked other leaders in the opposition camps to join the government.
 
On his part, North Horr MP Chachu Ganya confirmed dire situation in his Constituency adding that three people have already lost their lives due to hunger.
 
Kiunjuri’s tour comes a times when many areas in the county continue experiencing severe drought and famine.