Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner Norbert Komora has revealed that five sub counties out of seven in the region have received relief food as the government continues to fight hunger-stricken areas in the Country.
Speaking at his office in Chuka, the Commissioner said that each sub county has received 200 bags of maize and 360 bags of beans.
“We have so far supplied food in Marimanti, Chiakariga, Igambang’ombe, Chuka and Maara,” he said.
Komora noted that a committee dubbed ‘sub county steering group’ has been formed to ensure that every needy family in the sub counties receives relief food.
The administrator further revealed there is also a county committee chaired by the Governor Muthomi Njuki and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, Public health, National Drought Management Authority, all involved in fighting the drought situation.
The government, he noted, continues to undertake several elaborate measures to reduce hunger in the affected areas such as school feeding programs to ensure children remain in schools.
The CC disclosed that Deputy County Commissioners (DCCs) are conducting public participation through holding meetings at strategic places to involve residents in the exercise.
“They will also be able to determine needy families in the meetings,” he added and advised targeted families yet to receive help to forward their names to the DCC office.
Additionally, Komora said that the government is striving to reduce transport expenses through cash transfer where the money is transferred to one of the family members so they can purchase the food.
“Each family should have a representative who will receive the money from the government and purchase the food for the whole family,” he said.
Komora cautioned well to do families to refrain from asking for help to enable more deserving cases to benefit.
Similarly, he added that plans are underway to carry out water trucking in centers and strategic points to increase access of clean water in arid areas.
By Sharon Gitau