Deputy President William Ruto Monday issued cheques worth Sh53 million to compensate families from Kajiado County whose livestock were recently confiscated by the Tanzania government.
Mr Ruto said the 22 families which lost 1325 animals have been paid to enable them restock their animals and lead normal lives.
Speaking at Oltiasika grounds in Kajiado South during presentation of cheques to the affected families on Monday, Mr Ruto said the gesture was to help its citizens and maintain the existing good relations with Tanzania.
“The Government is mindful and has sympathy for the families which lost their animals. It’s also our resolve to maintain our existing good relations with our neighboring country, Tanzania. This is why we have decided to compensate the families,” said Mr Ruto.
He praised the herders for their patience and humility even after losing their livestock.
“I ask all the beneficiaries to put the money to good use by restocking as well as starting income generating projects that have direct impact on your lives,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government has launched a pilot project on livestock insurance policy in eight counties aimed at cushioning farmers during dry seasons.
Present were Governor Joseph Lenku (Kajiado), MPs Katoo Ole Metito (Kajiado South), George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West) and Janet Teiya (Women Rep, Kajiado).
“Most families especially those in arid areas lose their livestock during dry season due to lack of water and pastures. It is because of this reason that we have decided to come up with livestock insurance policy to cushion them from loses during such seasons,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Metito said the money will be in the accounts of the affected families immediately.
And at the same time, the leaders said the unity pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Super Alliance (NASA) principal Raila Odinga has nothing to do with 2022 elections.
They said the unity pact was only meant to unite Kenyans and accelerate development across the country but has nothing to do with 2022 politics.
Mr Metito said Jubilee would not allow anyone to interfere with its succession politics come 2022.
“We want to make it clear to Kenyans that the unity pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga has nothing to do with succession politics come 2022,” said Mr Sunkuya.
Mr Sunkuya said no one should mislead Kenyans that the agreement will lead to a new political realignment come 2022, saying Jubilee has its own political arrangements until 2032.
“Jubilee political arrangements are sealed. It’s William Ruto who will take over the leadership of the country from 2022 when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end. That’s all,” said Ms Teiya.
Mr Metito said pastoralists would vote for the Deputy President as a bloc come 2022 when he takes over the mantle from President Kenyatta.
The leaders thanked the Government for compensating the families; saying it would help them rebuild their lives.
“We wish on behalf of our people to sincerely thank this Government for being sensitive to issues affecting its citizens,” said Mr Metito.
Mr Lenku urged the Government to speed up the compensation of 37 people who were killed by wild animals in the county.
Mr Ruto, at the same time, warned of stern action against individuals interfering with forests in the area.
“We have declared war on forest destruction. Those found cutting trees especially in Chyulu Hills in this area would be arrested,” said Mr Ruto.
He asked the provincial administration in pastoral areas to work closely with the ministry of Education to ensure all the 100,000-school going pupils who were out of school Returned.
“Every member of the provincial administration from assistant chief to parents are under legal obligation to ensure all school going children are in school,” said Mr Ruto.