Military chips in to truck water to Isiolo pastoralists

As drought situation in Isiolo worsens the military has brought in four water boozers to supplement the already existing ones in tracking water to pastoralists who have depleted most watering points in the county and beyond.

Speaking shortly after chairing a County Steering Group (CSG) meeting held at the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) boardroom Tuesday, Isiolo County Commissioner (CC) George Natembeya disclosed that the military had provided four water boozers for seven days in order to mitigate prolonged drought.

The four water boozers will supplement the already existing six from other government arms to ensure livestock that has migrated to as far as Moyale in Marsabit county did not die while awaiting for the rains to come, said the CC.

Natembeya further disclosed that the government through the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) will undertake a livestock off-take programme at a cost of 45 million that will involve slaughter of 3,000 goats and 3,000 heads of cattle with the meat being distributed to the local communities, schools, public hospitals and prisons in the county.

Each head of cattle will be purchased at S5,000 while each goat will be purchased at Sh 2,000 of which 800 goats will be transported to the KMC while the rest will be slaughtered and used as relief food to the local people including schools, public hospitals and prisons, said the CC.

He said the off-take programme will kick off from Thursday this week but modalities on the beneficiaries started immediately with the Deputy County Commissioner, Chiefs and area Members of County Assembly expected to hold meeting in their respective wards.

Natembeya further disclosed that the whole programme is being effected in 25 Arid and Semi Arid counties at a cost of 100 million but Isiolo has been allocated the giant share since it is the most affected county.

CC said the government has compensated victims from Barchuma area who lost their lives during a raid by bandits from a neighbouring county. He said those who lost their livestock would be compensated soon.

Source: Kenya News Agency