Biting drought, Kilifi County begins food distribution

By KBC Reporter

The Kilifi County Government has embarked on a seven-month food distribution program that seeks to end perennial drought in Ganze and Magarini Constituencies.

Ganze and Magarini Constituencies have borne the brunt of ongoing drought that has hit parts of Kilifi County, a state of affairs that has prompted the Kilifi county administration to act to mitigate its effects.

Speaking while distributing, 36,000 kilograms of maize and 27,000 kilograms of beans at Sokoke Primary School in Ganze Constituency, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said the county requires over 720 tons to feed those affected by hunger for at least 7 months.

Kingi appealed to Non-Governmental Organizations and well-wishers to assist the county his administration’s efforts in ensuring that not a single human life is lost during the crisis.

The county government was however faulted by a section of leaders who accused the administration of allegedly delaying the disbandment of 10,000 kilograms of relief food currently being stored at the Deputy County Commissioner’s Office in Ganze town which they say was part of the relief food distributed across the country as a precautionary measure in the event of the El-Nino rains predicted late last year.

Meanwhile, education stakeholders in Magarini Sub County have launched an initiative that will see girls in the area participate in a football tournament in an initiative that seeks to reduce cases of teenage pregnancies

Education stakeholders from Magarini sub-county have launched an initiative dubbed football for change program among school going girls in an effort to curb the alarming rates of early pregnancies and marriages.

The initiative has started bearing fruits with 10 teams of young girls who have been rescued from early marriages doing well in sports. However lack facilities to enroll more girls from the locality is threatening to derail the efforts.

  

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