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Uhuru: Mechanisms in place to deal with drought

06 February 2014, 17:55 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that there are mechanisms in place to deal with drought in the country.

The president says that the government has prepared well in advance for situations such as can be seen in the country at the moment and is adamant that no Kenyan will die of hunger.

Speaking at State House Nairobi while flagging off release food to affected parts of the country, the president stated that the government had categorically dealt with the situation and that funds have been allocated to deal with the menace.

" We owe this predicament to the inadequate short rains of October to December and the immediate manifestation of the drought is seen in the food sector where populations in the affected districts are currently experiencing food shortages. The go(ernment through the relevant ministries has responded by implementing various mitigation measures in various sectors that have included provision of food relief and water plus provision of emergency health and nutrition and interventions in agriculture and livestock among others, he said.

He further stated that the government had invested close to KES 4.6 billion to deal with the scourge.

" This financial year alone, we have allocated a total of KES 4.6 billion for drought interventions. This includes an initial amount of KES 2 billion which was allocated at the beginning of this financial year. Of this, half was devolved to counties to enable them to respond to emerging drought related challenges that they may face. Last week, my cabinet approved an additional KES 2.3  billion, to cope with the additional pressure that we are facing as a result of this drought, he added.

The president further said that the government is looking at long term solutions to the problems, saying that talks with stakeholders had begun on addressing the issue in future.

- News24

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