NAIROBI, The government is set to release 7.4 billion shillings (about 71.5 million US dollars) to support regions affected by the ongoing drought.
With the number of people affected rising from 1.3 million to 3.0 million people, the government, under phase two of its drought mitigation initiative, has enlisted the support of development partners, including the European Union (EU) and the United Nation who will inject more than 3.0 billion shillings to augment the government’s efforts.
The Chief of Staff to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Joseph Kinyua, and Agriculture Ministry Prinicpal Secretary (Assistant Minister) Dr. Richard Lesiyampe disclosed here Thursday that the government was looking beyond the emergency and was putting in place measurers for Kenya to emerge from the drought challenge down the road.
The Government has declared the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas a national disaster.
Speaking here last week after being briefed on the situation on the ground by Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) involved in drought management and food security, President Kenyatta had called on all stakeholders to support the government by up-scaling drought mitigation programmes.
The President also called on the local and international partners to support the government’s efforts to contain the situation which has not only affected human being and livestock but also wildlife.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK