The National Government will continue supporting Kenyans affected by the long drought until there will be a significant improvement. Answering questions in Senate this Wednesday, the Cabinet Secretary for East African Community (EAC), the ASALs and Regional Development Mrs. Rebecca Miano told Senators that despite rain being experienced in a section of the areas affected, the effects of the long drought are still being felt necessitating support from Government.
Below is the excerpt of the session.
𝐂𝐒 𝐌𝐈𝐀𝐍𝐎 eloquently and boldly put it that, “According to the guidelines and procedures of the management of relief food distribution in Kenya, the following committees are responsible at various levels, the state Department for Relief Food Committee, County Steering Group Relief Food Committee, Sub-County Relief Food Committee, Ward Relief Food Committee, Location Relief Food Committee, Sub-Location Relief Food Committee and Village Relief Food Committee. The following are the food items procured, rice (50kg) bag, beans (50kg) bag, maize (50kg) bag, vegetable Oil (carton (12) 1 litre) and fortified food bale (25kg).
On the humanitarian emergency response. These are non-food commodities given to households affected by various disasters. They consist of iron sheets, timber, ridges, nails (assorted), mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jikos, gas lamps, tents/tarpaulins, soap and sanitary towels.
And answering a question from 𝐒enator 𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐏𝐓𝐔𝐌𝐎 on the measures put in place to ensure that the food supplies actually reach the targeted people, Hon Miano responded:
“We use the County Steering Groups to target the affected and vulnerable population following reports by the National Drought Management Authority. When we allocate relief food, we copy to the County Commissioner, all leaders, elected and administrative to ensure higher accountability.”