Government provides maize to schools in hunger stricken Samburu
The Government has released 1,200 bags of assorted relief food to be distributed to schools in Samburu County to safeguard learners against adversities of drought and hunger.
Speaking in Ledero area of Samburu Central, Devolution Cabinet (CS) Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri, said that 500 bags of maize, 500 bags of rice and 200 bags of beans will be distributed to boarding schools within Samburu Central to enable schools operate smoothly till the close of the term by end of July.
“Samburu leaders have informed me that there is dire need of food in boarding schools and I direct that the food be distributed to the institution immediately,” he said.
The CS also said that the government will increase its relief food allocation to Sub-counties to cushion residents from the ravages of drought until the next rains which are expected in October.
He added that each needy resident will start receiving 20 kilograms of relief food to last them a month instead of small unpredictable rations.
Kiunjuri cautioned the opposition against politicising the drought situation in the Arid and Semi-arid areas, saying that the government has done, exceptionally well in drought mitigation measures.
“Kenya was praised in a United Nations report released a few days ago for its efforts to distribute food to people affected by drought. I can firmly say that no human life was lost as a result of hunger,” he added.
On his part Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS) Richard Lesiampe, confirmed that there is shortage of maize in the country but the government has already imported maize from other parts of the world to mitigate the situation.
The PS said that 5,000 bags of maize will be arriving at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) go downs in Maralal for sale to millers at subsidized prices to enable them sell maize flour at Sh. 90 per 2kg bag.
By Robert Githu and Frida Lengees