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Shebesh lashes out at govt over disaster management Bill

11 October 2013, 18:29 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - Nairobi Women representative, Rachel Shebesh, has urged the government to hasten the establishment of a National Disaster Management Authority in order to create a relevant authority for disaster risk reduction and management.

Speaking in Nairobi during a media training on Disaster Risk Reduction, Shebesh said that the government should clearly state when Disaster Risk Management bill will be made into a law since it had the support all legislators when the bill was introduced in parliament.

She said that was it not for Red Cross Society, the recent attack on Westgate could have cost the government more embarrassment, saying it was Red Cross who stepped in and cleared the mess by rescuing most victims.

“The government should tell us where the document is; is it gathering dust on shelves? I ask whoever Cabinet Secretary knows about it to step out,” she said, adding that there has been confusion on where most government institutions and operations fall owing to the re-organisation of the Cabinet.

Shebesh also questioned the government's preparedness for calamities since most ministries do not have disaster risk management and reduction units.

She said that the disaster kitty towards the disaster department is always allocated huge sums of money to deal with disasters including prevention, but the funds are always misappropriated since Kenyans do not track the funds to know how they are utilised.

Shebesh was accompanied by her Isiolo Counterpart and KEWOPA chairperson, Tiya Galgalo, who said that her organisation has already taken the initiative to ensure that parliament enacts the Disaster Risk Managemnet bill 2013 in line with consitutional commitments on gender, children rights and persons with disabilities.

Also present was nominated Mp for People with disabilities, who asked journalists to enlighten the public on disaster response and reduction.

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