Kenya Meat Commission urged to pay Samburu herders

Kenya Meat Commission urged to pay Samburu herders
Samburu Governor urges KMC to pay herders in the livestock off-take program

Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal has urged Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to speed up the process of paying herders for their livestock that were bought and slaughtered in a government-sponsored offtake program.

Governor Lenolkulal said he had received complaints that KMC contractors have delayed payment to pastoralists.

“We want to urge the people involved particularly the contractors engaged by KMC to make sure that they deliver payments to the pastoralists,” said Lenolkulal.

The governor said that it is a double tragedy to come on the ground, intervene on behalf of the suffering population and rob them off their incomes through the offtake program.

Chris Lenaisho, a Samburu resident, called upon the national government to ensure the pastoralists are paid timely.

“Some people were told to sell their livestock to pay for their children’s school fees but up to now nothing has been paid,” lamented Lenaisho.

Joseph Lemoosa, another resident, asked the national government to follow up on their livestock that were taken by KMC to ensure they have been paid.

“Children have dropped out of school because parents don’t have money to pay for their school fees,” said Lemoosa.

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