The Kenyan government has permitted the release of at least 200tons of relief food to be distributed to seven hunger-stricken sub-counties in Meru.
On behalf of County Commissioner, Fred Ndunga, Obel Ojwang, Imenti North Deputy County Commissioner flagged the distribution of the relief food that was contained in seven lorries.
Mr. Ojwang made it known to the media that President Uhuru Kenyatta is aware of the failed rainy seasons in Meru county and has therefore decided to send relief food to seven out of eleven sub-counties in the county.
“The seven sub-counties include Buuri East and West, Tigania East and West, Igembe Central, North, and South,” said Ojwang.
The food that will be distributed to the deserving families through the help of ward administrators and Assistant chiefs included rice (1, 400 bags), beans (2, 400 bags), and corn beef (70 cartons).
Ojwang ordered the speedy commencement of the distribution to those in need of it so as to prevent loss of life as a result of hunger.
“We thank the president for this gesture and we want to assure him that this food will get to the target group in time,” said Ojwang.
Meru County Chief of staff Mr Jotham Kirimi who represented Governor Kiraitu Murungi noted that the President’s move was welcome considering that in the past, the county had been left out of such programmes with a perception that it was a county of plenty.
“Through the intervention of Governor Kiraitu Murungi, the national government has released food for the seven sub-counties and we don’t take this for granted,” said Kirimi.
He said the county government was however working hard to ensure the residents were not reliant on relief food through various agricultural interventions some of which were already being implemented.
“We are working hard to empower our people and make the county food-sufficient,” said Kirimi.