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County to establish emergency kitty

06 May 2015, 13:52 Ann Mutinda

Nakuru - Nakuru County government is seeking to establish a kitty to finance management of unexpected disasters within the County.

The leadership has not had any allocations to meet the expenses of contingencies such as floods, disease outbreaks or extreme hunger for its people.

However, the finance executive member Francis Mathea has prepared the Nakuru County Emergency Fund Bill which seeks to ensure that 0.5 percent of the budget is set aside for emergencies.

The bill has already undergone the first reading at the assembly and MCAs are expected to collect views from the public. The MCAs are on recess until June 8.

If it becomes law, the bill will “enable payments to be made in respect of a County when an urgent and unforeseen need for expenditure arises.”

Currently, the County is tackling the cholera outbreak that has crossed borders from Kwa Rhonda slums to Kiti, which is about 20 kilometers away.

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The epidemic has already claimed lives of 13 people and the number is feared to rise as more than 60 patients have been confirmed to be in need of treatment.

More than 500 families also lost their maize plantations to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease resulting to 76 percent decline in harvest according to the data from the department of agriculture.

This therefore exposes the farmers, some of whom practice mono-cropping, to total hunger.

The leadership had expected an increase in maize harvest by 330 000 bags following its distribution of the maize seeds and fertilizer to the 11 000 farmers last year.

The the bill provides that “the payment is necessary to alleviate the damage, loss, hardship or suffering which may directly caused by the event (unforeseen).”

The MCAS have scheduled to prioritise its approval after resuming from recess.

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