Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has sounded a tough warning to cartels even as he launched the Drought Response Committee formed by President William Ruto.
Speaking at his Harambee Annex Office in Nairobi, Gachagua warned that those who will sabotage the efforts put in place to mitigate drought effects will be dealt with accordingly.
"We want to tell cartels and conmen that they will not know peace in their lifetime. Taking advantage of the drought situation to con people money when people are hungry and dying is ungodly and unacceptable," he said.
The drought response committee on Friday said they will establish a pay bill number through which money can be raised to support those affected by drought.
Kenyans were asked to take part in raising funds to support those in need of help.
The committee is led by Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
Members of the committee include, among others; Dr James Mwangi, CEO, of Equity Bank Group Kenya PLC, Nasim Devji, CEO, Diamond Trust Bank, Shamaz Savani, CEO, African Banking Corporation Bank (ABC), Paul Rushdie Russo, CEO, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group Rebecca Mbithi, CEO, Family Bank Kenya Limited, Jane Karuku, CEO, East African Breweries Limited, Joshua Chepkwony, CEO, Jamii Telecommunication Limited and Crispin Acholla, CEO, British American Tobacco.
Other members of the committee will include: Dr Asha Mohammed - Secretary-General, The Kenya Red Cross, Edwins Mukabanah, CEO, Kenya Bus Services Management, Patricia Mugambi Ndegwa, Impact Philanthropy Africa, Krishma Jitesh Chavda, ISHA Foundation, andHared Hassan (Lt.) Col., National Drought Management Authority.
The committee will be tasked with establishing a private-sector-led National Drought Mitigation Appeal Fund in conjunction with the Kenya Red Cross, as well as mobilizing resources to supplement the government's drought response program in alleviating the impact of the country's drought.