Gov’t announces new plan to cushion Kenyans in drought & hunger-prone areas

Gov't announces new plan to cushion Kenyans in drought & hunger-prone areas
Gov't Spokesperson Cyrus (RtD) Oguna addresses the media on Kenya's looming drought and government's intervention. Photo: Spokesperson Govt/Twitter

The Kenyan government has initiated interventions in collaboration with county governments to ensure that no Kenyans die from hunger in drought prone regions, Government Spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Oguna has said.

In a televised address on Thursday, Col Oguna said relief activities in the counties of Turkana, Mandera, Garissa and Wajir were underway.

Households in these counties are currently receiving water in mitigation plans.

In Turkana, the government has also rolled out a relief food distribution plan to those affected by drought.

The government will also be liaising with the county governments in close-monitoring of those that may be threatened by drought or hunger for quicker response.

Additionally, 101,000 households in Turkana, Mandera, Garissa and Wajir have been beneficiaries of the governments cash-transfers under the hunger safety programme.

Under the program, households in these counties are entitled to a Ksh. 2700 stipend every two months.

The government, Col Oguna said, spends Ksh.2B every year and now plans to enrol residents who are affected by hunger or drought in the counties of Wajir, Isisolo, Garissa and Samburu

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