Governor Lenku: Over 110,000 families affected by drought in Kajiado
Kajiado governor Joseph ole Lenku has revealed that the ravaging
drought being experienced in 29 counties across the country has affected 110,000
families in his county.
The governor on Sunday said the situation is dire, adding that Kajiado has been experiencing the drought
for the last 4 months.
Lenku pointed out that on top of the drought’s effect on the human
population, 400,000 livestock are in need of food across mainly-pastoralist
county which boasts of a cow population of close to a million.
“As of two weeks ago, over 110,000 families are affected and in need of assistance in terms of
food relief. Over 400,000 livestock require food pellets,” said the
Additionally, the county boss said
wildlife in the Amboseli and Tsavo national parks, parts of which lie in the
county, have been adversely affected.
“In the Amboseli National Park now, the first
thing the wardens do in the morning is removing carcasses from the road. We are
about to lose our people and we are losing livestock and wildlife in big numbers,” said Governor Lenku.
The drought has in turn caused an economic crisis in the county
because of its residents’ dependency on the sale of milk and meat as their main
And with the highly
anticipated short rains not going to be sufficient, per meteorological predictions,
the governor has expressed worry that the situation is not going to end soon.
So far, the county has explored partnerships with the National
government and non-governmental organisations to acquire relief food, but the
governor says their long-term plan is to set up dams that are not dependent on
rains to get water.
“We don’t need rains, we
need water because then we will have fodder for our animals and food for the
people and the whole chain is complete again. Each dam will be equipped with a borehole
so that throughout the year, the borehole which is solar-powered will have
water,” Lenku said.
Lenku has further challenged the National government to boost the
livestock uptake program by supporting the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC).
“We have 100 million shillings that will go to the uptake program,
and while it will take only 5,000 cows, it is better than nothing. I want to
urge the national government to allocate more money to KMC for a larger uptake
going into hundreds of thousands,” he said.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, 29 counties have been affected by the drought, 12 of which are
on red alert.
Over 4.3 million people are meanwhile
in need of continuous support of food and water.
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