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Lamu Woman rep. asks Gov’t for relief food

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[Lamu Woman rep. Ruweida Obo. Photo/Courtesy].

Lamu Woman representative Ruweida Obo has appealed to the National government to disburse relief food to Lamu residents.

Obo said Lamu residents are badly affected by drought and they need urgent government intervention to help them out.

Speaking in Mpeketoni Lamu County, Obo said following severe drought in the county, crops have failed and locals have nothing in their farms.

“Lamu is among the affected counties by drought, something needs to be done and done urgently to help out our people,” noted Ms Obo.

She noted that though she has been pushing the National treasury to ensure Lamu get its share of the 2 billion shillings emergency relief fund, the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattan says he is yet to receive any report from the local administration on the facts and figures on the ground.

“Since the obstacle is delayed reports to the Treasury, I urge the County administration to move with speed and furnish the treasury with the requires statistics so that we save our people,” noted Ms Obo.

The Lamu Woman representative noted that despite efforts from locals to tile their lands and actually planted, the rains failed leaving locals with nothing and hopeless.

20,000

According to recent statistics, over 20,000 Lamu dwellers are facing hunger following a severe drought.

The residents have been staring death with the recent massive losses of their livestock triggered by lack of pasture and water for their animals.

The drought has also endangered locals after wild animals including buffalos recently invaded residential areas killing at least one person in Mpeketoni.

Tana River, Kwale and Kilifi counties in the Coast are also affected by drought.

According to devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, over 2 million Kenyans are facing hunger due to prolonged drought countrywide.