Minister receives relief food at Mombasa port

The government on Monday received a further 55,000 bags of rice from China to help avert hunger in the country caused by the ongoing drought.

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa witnessed the offloading of the consignment from a ship docked at the port of Mombasa.

He said last week, the Asian giant which is the world’s largest producer of rice also shipped 90,000 bags of the commodity to help tackle food insecurity gripping most parts of the country.

Wamalwa said the relief food would go a long way in alleviating hunger in drought affected regions.

The bags of rice were removed from the ship and immediately loaded into waiting trucks to be delivered to worst affected counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Kilifi, Tana River and Kwale.

Some of the rice would also be transported by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo freight to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot, he said.

The CS who was accompanied by Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) Principal Secretary Micah Powon and his Devolution counterpart Nelson Marwa gave assurance that the government would not let any Kenyan die from hunger.

No one will die of hunger and the government will go out of its way to ensure the relief food reaches where it is most needed. We have 3 million bags of maize in our strategic grain reserves and we continue to receive donations from friendly countries sympathetic to our situation, he said.

According to the minister, approximately 3.4 million people mostly in the ASAL regions were on the throes of worsening drought situation.

Although it has started raining in parts of the country, the effects of the drought will continue to be felt in the affected areas for a long time to come, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency