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President Kenyatta declares drought a national disaster

Nairobi(Faanoole)-The government on Friday declared the current drought a national disaster.

President Uhuru Kenyatta subsequently called on all relevant ministries and authorities to scale up their drought-mitigation programmes.

Speaking after a briefing with Cabinet secretaries at State House in Nairobi, the President said the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties, had affected humans, livestock and wildlife.

“Support from our partners would complement government efforts in mitigating the effects of drought,” said Mr Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta also warned distributors of relief food that they would be punished if they’re found taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves, saying this would amount to fraud, which is punishable under the law.

STABILISING CEREAL PRICES

He said all purchases of food and other needs should be made in a transparent and open manner and that all government agencies be involved to ensure Kenyans are not defrauded.

“Let all investigative agencies, including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, get involved in the activities being undertaken during this period,” the President said, adding that he did not want a situation where the government would be accused of taking advantage of this situation.

One of the measures the government had taken, he said, was stabilising cereal prices by allowing maize imports by licensed millers.

“We will, however, be strict and monitor the situation to ensure it is done in a very transparent manner,” He said.

Source: Nation

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