Editor's Review

The Deputy President said the government requires Ksh 2 billion weekly to ensure no Kenyan dies of famine.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has sent out an appeal to the public, private and international partners, and humanitarian agencies to support the government in raising more than Ksh 16 billion for emergency food relief response.

Speaking during the launch of a distribution of food and animal feeds targeting more than 300,000 residents of Kajiado County at Ilbissil Market, the Deputy President said the government requires Ksh 2 billion weekly to ensure no Kenyan dies of famine. He said the government has KSh4.9 billion for food over the next two weeks only.

“We appeal to the banks, private sector, international humanitarian organisations, and Kenyans of good will to assist us. It is wrong for fellow Kenyans to die of hunger when you have the means of saving them,” the Deputy President said.

DP Gachagua in Kajiado County 

In a similar event, while flagging off hay and an assortment of animal feeds for wildlife in Manyatta, Amboseli, the Deputy President announced that the government has set aside Ksh 100 million to feed wild animals.

An additional Ksh 200 million will also be allocated soon for the same function. The money will be managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Similar food distribution missions across 12 counties most affected by drought were carried out by the President (Turkana, Samburu), Cabinet Secretaries and the First Lady Rachel Ruto and the DP’s spouse Dorcas Gachagua.

Mr Gachagua thanked international humanitarian agencies and the partners for their support so far. The UNDP country representative Anthony Ngororano, France Ambassador Mr Arnaud Suquet, Ireland Ambassador Fionnuala Quinanm were in attendance. He also thanked the representatives of WFP, FAO, UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF, among others.

The DP challenged county governments to set aside funds to complement the national government in responding to the food emergency. He assured Kenyans that the government will do all it takes so that no Kenyan dies of famine.

DP Gachagua in Kajiado County

During the launch, more than 45 metric tonnes of food was distributed with at least 3,000 households receiving rice and beans besides 100kgs of range cubes of livestock feed.

He directed that the food be distributed prioritising women with children, people living with disabilities, women, men, and the youth.

At least 600,000 residents of Kajiado County are food insecure while over 300,000 need emergency support.