Kirinyaga County Government distributes relief food to over 9,000 people

Kirinyaga County Government has distributed relief food to 9,200 drought stricken people in Mwea Constituency.

The relief food distribution drive saw 1,841 households in Murinduko, Wamumu and Mutithi Wards receive food hampers with; maize, porridge flour, green grams, rice, cooking oil and salt.

Deputy Governor David Githanda, presiding over the event, praised Governor Waiguru for being very vocal on the county’s drought situation and had sourced for the food aid from the National Government.

The National Drought Management Authority carried out a food security assessment in Kirinyaga that revealed about 25,000 households in Mwea East and Mwea West were facing starvation, roughly translating to 125,000 people.

Acknowledging that not all households were catered for in the initial phase, Githanda assured residents that the governor had pledged to source for more food. He said, “We have started with the most vulnerable groups who include the elderly and the sick, but the program will continue to include more people.”

He also advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the ongoing rains and subsidised fertilizer that has already been delivered to the county and plant different crops in order to fight the biting food insecurity.

Present at the food distribution drive was the National Drought Management Authority Coordinator, Lordman Lekalkuli, who mentioned that the NDMA has widened their scope to cover Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Machakos, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya, Homabay and Migori which were normally perceived as food secure.

Constant failed rain seasons in the county which depends on its farms for food, has made life extremely difficult for residents.

Peninah Njeri, a beneficiary of the food hamper and a resident of Togonye in Murinduko Ward is grateful for the relief and hopeful that this will not be another failed season.

Francis Ireri from Kamunyange area is thankful to the Governor for the relief, saying “This food will go a long way in alleviating our suffering even as we look forwarding to a better season.”

The relief food distribution drive was also attended by Mwea Member of Parliament, Mary Maingi, Members of County Assembly for the areas, County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and officials from the national government

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