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50,000 resident starving

04 October 2012, 04:54 Tony Karomo

Over 50,000 residents of Tigania West District are facing starvation following spouts of drought in the area for a couple of years.

Speaking to press yesterday the residents petitioned the government and well wishers to intervene and supply them with relief food claiming the food shortage menace is still biting.

Led by Henry Kurauka and Godfrey Mwika the residents of Mumui, Rwarera, Rei,Nauchii and Lairangi said they have been facing food crisis for a couple of years especially when the region experience low rainfall.

“We are calling on the government to intervene urgently since majority of the residents who are living in the semi-arid parts of Tigania West are I dare need of food supply,” said mwika.

The two leaders claimed that half of the population in the district lives in the semi-Arid region hence asked the government also to consider putting the public schools in the area under food feeding program.

“Schools are also facing a big challenge and we are calling on the government to address the issue by putting them under food feeding program,” added Mwika.

“We wonder why the government has not gazetted the region as a semi –arid. Sometimes the area face a drought spells in a whole year it’s terrible. The government needs to come in and initiate a long term solution to the problem,” added Kurauka.

They also urged the Water and Irrigation Minister Charity Ngilu to push the government to come up with crop irrigation program in the area.

They added that the only way to curb the menace which is brought up by lack of enough rainfall in the area is by introducing drip irrigation program.

“The residents here also face water crisis problems they are forced to trek for long distances in search of water. So if the government partner with other stakeholders and set funds aside for  drilling boreholes to help in crop irrigation, the problem will come to an end,” noted  Mwika.

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