In Summary

·        Kenyans Peasant League want  the government to come clean on how they are utilizing the disaster fund for El-Nino Mitigation.

  • Government says the response has been so well with multi-agency approach led by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

 

Section of Civil Society groups are now demanding prompt action by government in dealing with Elnino effects.

Led by  Kenyans Peasant League boss Caleb Otieno the government must come clean on how they are utilizing the disaster fund while many Kenyans are adversely affected by the heavy downpour.

“They paraded everything saying there is enough preparations for Elnino we are still getting bad experiences. We have farmers especially in rural areas who are experiencing difficulties in transporting their produce from farms to markets. The is no soil conservation being done. I mean Elnino effect is wide not flood alone…Let’s feel the effect of that budget on ground.” He said.

Government  on Elnino

The government says it has put adequate measure to combat Elnino effect with ASAL areas having chunk of the budget amounting to 10 billion shilings.

“We see in our projections we will require Ksh.9.3 billion for the ASAL areas,” said EAC, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano.

 “For counties, we have projected to set aside Ksh.15 billion to also help in food for the displaced households.’’ Council of Governors Chair Ann Waiguru  said  

DP Gachagua, however, told agencies involved not to take advantage of the El Nino rains to drown taxpayers’ money in floods.

“We must also know our country is doing bad…let’s be wise in our budgets, let us not exaggerate the situation,” he said.

“We are calling on KEMSA to move with speed…in the next two weeks, let us have drugs in all our hospitals…El Nino will bring along waterborne diseases,” CoG Health chairperson Muthomi Njuki stated.

November 20, 2023

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