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County assembly asked to introduce disaster preparedness policy

Isiolo North MP Mr. Hassan Odha wants the County assembly and the executive to introduce a policy document that can be used in disaster risk reduction instead of rushing when calamities occur.

Mr. Odha warned that a lot of funds may end up in individual pockets while wananchi suffer due to lack of such policies at both county and to some extent the national government.

He said there was great need to introduce the policy document on risk management adding that the existing one was prepared 20 years ago and could not cope with the current situation.

The legislator also lamented about the high number of pending bills at county assembly including the one for relief supplies whose deliveries cannot be accounted for and alleged that part of the resources ended up in county officials’ pockets during the recent floods calamity.

Odha was addressing journalists in Isiolo town where he appealed for an audit to investigate pending bills on relief since wananchi have not benefitted from the said food.

On the current invasion of locusts, Mr. Odha called for quick response from both the national and county governments saying the pests required well coordinated reaction from the authority and wananchi from all the affected areas and their neighborhoods.

He said that eight counties in northern Kenya could be rendered food insecure since grazing areas and farms have been depleted.

Mr. Odha urged Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mr. Peter Munya to speed up pests’ spraying exercise in the affected areas.

The MP further challenged the Isiolo county government to commit itself in the whole exercise instead of leaving everything to the national government and yet agriculture is a devolved function.

By Abduba Mamo

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