KENYAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR BUDGET REALIGNMENT TO ADDRESS DROUGHT SITUATION

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the national government to re-align its budget to address the drought situation in the country and urged the county governments to come up with measures to tackle problems arising from the drought.

Speaking at a media briefing on the drought situation here Wednesday, he said: County governments will also be required to re-align their budgets. We need to know how many people each county government is feeding.”

The President said all government agencies, including the National Youth Service and the security agencies, needed to be involved in food and water distribution.

A team comprising Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) and Principal Secretaries (Assistant Ministers) from the Devolution, Treasury, Agriculture, Labour and East African Affairs portfolios, told the President that so far 23 arid and semi-arid counties are facing a serious drought crisis.

However, concrete measures have been taken to ensure that no Kenyan dies because of hunger.

The President was given a preliminary report of the situation and agreed to meet the team again on Jan 27 for a detailed report on the situation.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Devolution counterpart, Mwangi Kiunjuri, informed the President of their decision to involve other stakeholders who are already on the ground providing necessary support.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK