On Saturday, the government’s initiative to provide relief food to the citizens of Yathui in Mwala sub-county, Machakos County, was spearheaded by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.
In order to save Kenyans from the ravages of the recent drought that has caused starvation in several parts of the country, according to Mudavadi, immediate collective efforts are definitely required.
In order to ensure that the most vulnerable Kenyans in the affected areas are helped, he reassured Kenyans that the high-level team established by President William Ruto’s administration would work hand in hand with other stakeholders, including the private sector, auxiliary partners like Red Cross and World Vision, as well as other international donors.
“Around 500,000 people in Machakos County are struggling right now as a result of the drought. In order to try and assist Kenyans wherever they are during this crisis, we have worked with organizations like World Vision, Red Cross, and County Governments, he said.
The government would also be looking into additional mitigating measures as long-term remedies, the Prime Minister CS Mudavadi said, in addition to scaling up the relief food distribution operation.
These, he said, include cleaning up filthy rivers to prevent harmful chemicals from contaminating water and speeding up the construction of dams to assist water harvesting for irrigation.
Mudavadi also mentioned the adoption of drought-resistant seedlings to aid in agricultural farming in various regions of the nation and making sure that farmers are supported during the rainy seasons to improve farming.
“I want to assure Governor Wavinya Ndeti that we will collaborate and move forward as a team. Jukumu Letu Ni Kushirikiana Pamoja Na Tuunde Seera Ambazo Zitasaidia Mwananchi
Along with other well-wishers and partners, the Prime CS was accompanied by the Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti, Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka, Machakos County Commissioner Rhodah Onyancha, and Red Cross representatives.
Governor Wavinya encouraged residents to make significant investments in the preservation of forests as water catchment regions by pledging that her administration will combat climate change.
“As a county, we must invest in water; we also need to learn how to collect rainwater. Imagine how much the water table would rise if we put trees along our rivers and built dykes and mini dams inside of our dams, she remarked.
“We must all make an effort to combat climate change. The Machakos County administration will no longer let anyone to cut down trees since doing so inhibits our ecosystem from getting better.