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Over 30,000 face starvation in Makueni, Machakos counties

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has dispatched a special team to assess the famine situation in the county and commissioned the distribution of seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs in the county.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comWednesday, 02 Nov 2016 14:44 EAT

Starving residents of Kibwezi East in Makueni County have received 300 bags of maize from the government. Over 10,000 people in this area are facing starvation and are in dire need of help, according to Patrick Muriera, the Deputy County Commissioner.

Speaking after commissioning distribution of relief food in the area, Mr Muriera appealed to individuals and organizations to assist with relief supplies to combat the famine. "I wish to assure everyone that no one will starve," he said at the event where local leaders also asked the government to increase its food supplies.

Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu called on the national government to increase more food supplies in the area, describing the situation in the drought prone as "serious". Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr challenged the county government to set aside a supplementary budget to curb this crisis.

In other areas, Kangundo Deputy County commissioner Justine Nelima has also appealed for food iad to boost the food supply in the area which is facing acute food shortage following low rainfall in the last season. "Over 18,980 people are facing starvation in Kangundo," she said.

Other areas in Ukambani which have reported cases of starvation are Yatta, Masinga and Mwala which are known to receive less than average rainfall. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has however dispatched a special team to assess the famine situation in the county and commissioned the distribution of seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs in the county.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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