MP threatens to sue weatherman for wrong El nino prediction
21 October 2015, 12:16
Narok - An MP from Narok County is threatening to sue meteorological department for misleading them about El nino rains.
Narok East legislator, Ken Kiloku said the forecaster had predicted that the rains would start in mid October but residents are yet to see a sign of the anticipated rains.
Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Maasai Mara University Tuesday, Kiloku said it is sad for the department to give a wrong prediction of the weather.
The MP said the forecaster should be held responsible for misleading Kenyans and thus making them to incur heavy losses preparing for failed rains.
“The department had issued an alert for Kenyans to prepare for the rains which forced local farmers to prepare their farms while others opted to go for loans so they can obtain maximum benefit from the rains,” said Kiloku.
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He also said that the even some livestock keepers took seasonal loans to fatten their animals during the rainy season in the hope that they would sell them for higher profits later.
“Everybody feels cheated, and the least we expect from the department is an apology for misleading us and compensation to the farmers,” he said.
He said it would be hard for farmers to repay the loans they took from the Agriculture Finance Corporation and other financial institutions.
“I urge the government to waive the loans they owe the Agricultural Finance Corporation and other financial institutions because the rains have failed and the farmers may not recoup what they spent, let alone repay the loans,” said the legislator.
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