President William Ruto on Monday officially flagged off relief food to Counties affected by severe drought.
The President flagged off 50 trucks, 20,000 bags of rice, 20,000 bags of beans, and assorted animal feed together with cooking oil will go to about 3.5 million citizens in Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Baringo and Kajiado Counties.
Speaking during the ceremony at State House Nairobi, President Ruto said the next consignment of food to areas affected by drought will be on Friday, and on a weekly basis.
“On a weekly basis, we will assess the situation and see what this intervention will mean for the people around the country and what additionally can be done as we go into the future,” said Ruto.
He instructed the Ministry of Water to urgently mobilize water boozers to deliver water to many parts of Kenya to also manage the effects.
As he previously committed, the President said that he will we work on the law to create provisions for water purchase agreements that will make it possible for the Private Sector to invest in the water sector and reduce the deploying of resources from Government.
“We are working to ensure we transit our agriculture from rain-fed to irrigation and in so doing we are going to work with the Private Sector on the delivery of water under our Public-Private Partnership,” he said.
The Head of State also asked the National Treasury to work with the Counties in order to adjustment to the various interventions required to make it much easier for Kenyans to deal with the current situation.
On his part, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua noted The food we’re flagging off today and subsequently, will not be distributed by county commissioners alone, it will be a concession between the National Gov’t, County Gov’t and our development partners, so that there is transparency and efficiency.
“The president wants transparency in distribution of relief food. It will be a concession between the National Government, County Government and our development partners,” said DP Gachagua.
Accompanying the President and his Deputy, Council of Governors Chairperson Governor Anne Waiguru, said that they have committed to increase their emergency resources and add to their budgetary allocations to ensure they safeguard the lives of citizens threatened by drought.