Nov 28, 2021

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Justin Muturi directs MPs to summon Ukur Yatani over Sh2bn drought fund

The assignment from Speaker Muturi comes after Garissa Township Representative Aden Duale, who requested his intervention, alleging that Mr. Yatani received invitations to appear before the House Finance and National Planning Committee to explain the expense , failed.

The money should be used to mobilize food, water and other supplies for families hit by the drought.

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appear before the committee on Wednesday at 10 a.m., “instructed Mr. Muturi.

The money was released on September 10, 2021 by the Ministry of Finance to help those affected by the drought Support counties.

The counties affected include Baringo, Kitui, Lamu, Garissa, Wajir, Tana-River, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Makueni, Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera. On September 8, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought affecting parts of the country a national catastrophe.

The Treasury and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to support the government’s efforts to relieve the affected households support, including the distribution of water and relief supplies, and the consumption of livestock.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) estimates that 2.4 million people in the northern region have difficulty finding food for people and livestock to find

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) already estimates that 2.1 million people are confronted with acute food insecurity and will urgently need humanitarian aid for six months over the next few years.

Yesterday, Mr Duale informed Parliament that people and animals are dying in the countries affected by the drought, even though the President has declared the drought a national catastrophe.

” The people I portray are dying. The rain isn’t there. This particular minister in politics should come to this House to answer our questions. He has no choice, “said Mr Duale about Mr Yattani.

Mr Duale would also like the CS to confirm whether the funds released so far are an additional use under Article 223 of the Constitution.

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If so, whether the required parliamentary approval has been requested and granted within the period of two months provided for in the constitution.

The National Drought Control Authority ( NDMA) predicts that the situation in these drought-stricken counties could worsen and affect over 2.4 million people.

The NDMA statistics are based on the fact that the short rainy season from October to December expected to be below normal in the boroughs.

Mr Duale told the House of Representatives that Mr Yatani’s failure to appear before the House Committee does not bode well for the Kenyans concerned.

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“He can play his politics, but the people he pretends to be in this The future dies. I don’t know if they’ll vote at all. Your livelihood has come to an end, “said Mr. Duale.

Before the committee chaired by the Homa Bay Woman, Gladys Wanga, Mr. Yatani was asked to provide statistics on the distribution of food, water and animal feed components in the affected people Areas.

The CS has also been asked to keep abreast of the removal of animals by the Kenyan Meat Commission.

The deterioration in food security is also being attributed to the dismal performance of the long rainy season from March to May, which was made worse by the effects of Covid-19 and the poor performance of the previous brief rainy season.

The drought situation has created conflicts over resources and hampered peace efforts in the region.

For example, there was a resource-based conflict on the border between Isiolo and Wajir counties that killed seven people and injured several others.

Interruption of livelihoods

It also led to the displacement of people and the general destruction of livelihoods.

In the current financial year, the National Assembly in June this year has 8.9 billion Sh. for the Climate Smart Agricultural Productivity Project, Sh 1.1 billion to improve drought resilience and sustainable livelihood, and Sh 178.0 million. for the end of drought emergencies in Kenya.

Furthermore, 529.5 million Sh. provided for the livestock and crop insurance system to reduce the vulnerability of Kenyan farmers to disease and natural disasters.

The program aims to provide compensation for 100,000 farm animals – camels, cattle, sheep, goats in the affected 10 counties .

Under the State Department for Development of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (Asals), the National Assembly has committed Sh5.8 billion, a compromising Sh4.1 billion, to Kenya’s hunger safety net program, the 125,850 beneficiary households targeted.

In order to determine the spending of the Sh2 billion released by the National Treasury, Mr. Duale would like a comprehensive tabular report of total disbursements from July 1, 2021 to today.

The MP of the Garissa Municipality also wants the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Prof, to address the deteriorating water situation in Northern Kenya.

“The report should include the total number of people per district who will receive cash and food support for assets in the drought-affected districts,” says Mr. Duale.

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