More than 23,000 households affected by the drought in Makueni will benefit from government relief food to help them sustain their families during the prevailing drought in the area.
Speaking during the official launch of relief food distribution programme in Mbuvo, Kathonzweni Sub County, Makueni County Commissioner Mr. Maalim Mohammed said the county has received 4,500 bags of rice, 1,800 bags of Maize, 2,700 bags of beans of 50kg each respectively, 630 cartons of cooking oil and fortified food from the National Government.
“I have instructed the Deputy County Commissioners, Assistants County Commissioners and the committee in all nine sub counties to give to the vulnerable families who have been affected by drought,” added Mohammed.
He said among the nine Sub-Counties, each will receive 500 bags of rice, 200 bags of Maize, 300 bags of beans and 70 cartoons of oil and fortified foods.
“The fortified foods will be distributed to the sub county hospitals, where the affected children will be given to help boost their health,” added Mohammed.
He said the most affected areas include Mavindini, Kikumbulyu South, Nguu/Masumba, Kitise/Kithuki, Kathonzweni, Nzau/Kilili, Kalamba, Masongaleni, Mtito Andei, Thange Kikumbulyu North, Ivingoni/Nzambani, Kasikeu, Kalawa, Mavindini wards.
Mohammed said the government is committed to addressing the drought menace and emphasized that the food targets the vulnerable families in the area.
By Moureen Wanjiru and Ronald Rono