Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has announced plans to compensate herders who lost their animals in the ongoing security operation in Laikipia county.
Speaking in Samburu County during the start of his two day tour at Ledero Primary School, Kiunjuri said that the president has already formed a committee to help in the identification of those affected by the operation.
The CS said that the government will compensate those who were injured and the cows which were shot and killed during the security operation.
The CS added that protection of life and property is among the top priorities of the Jubilee administrations agenda and that the compensation is not politically driven.
It is unfortunate that Kenyans had to lose their animals in a security operation but the government is going to pay for the damage and give them back their livelihoods, he said.
He condemned the opposition for politicising the security operation in Laikipia to win votes from the Samburu people instead of offering real solutions to real problems affecting both Laikipia and Samburu.
When people in Laikipia where I come from are suffering of hunger the Samburu Community also suffers and that makes us equal, said Kiunjuri.
At the same time, the Cabinet Secretary flagged off the distribution of relief food adding that it was a sign of goodwill from Kenyatta’s administration to the Samburu people.
The President sent me here to analyze the drought and the security situation and seek for mechanisms on how to salvage the affected population.
Mr. Kiunjuri asked the County Commissioner to distribute 20kilograms of relief food to every household, a higher quantity compared to the previous 10 kilograms, noting that no Kenyan will die as a result of famine and drought.
On his part, Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS) Richard Lesiyampe said as part of a long term government plan to fight hunger, the Jubilee Government is going to open Seiyan irrigation Scheme along the Samburu- Laikipia border to the tune of Sh 100 million to support agriculture.
Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal thanked the national government for the relief aid, calling for more support from other stakeholders.
Lenolkulal said the county may be headed for the worst ever drought situation in the history of this country as a result of delayed rainy season until date.
The rains have delayed and by June we are always cultivating our lands, the situation may be extreme because we are yet to receive rains and grazing lands are now exhausted. I want to call upon our leaders in Laikipia to be hospitable to our people when they visit the county in search of pasture and water for their livestock, said the County Chief.
The same sentiments were echoed by Senator Naisula Lesuuda and Women leader Maison Leshoomo.
The two called for peace and unity among communities living in pastoralist regions during the drought season.
Hundreds of families were later given maize, beans, rice and cooking oil as part of the relief aid in Samburu Central.
Source: Kenya News Agency