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FCA brings relief to Kerio residents amidst biting drought

The Finn Church Aid (FCA) has donated generators and livestock to empower residents of the Kerio Valley to produce food and earn an income in efforts to mitigate against hunger in the area.

FCA country Director John Bongei said the organization donated eight generators and pumps which will be used by groups to irrigate their farms and produce food for own consumption and for sale.

Speaking in Chesongoch in Marakwet East Sub County, Bongei said his organization had also donated dairy goats and cows and improved chicken including tents and chairs to women groups to start an income generating enterprise.

Area Governor Wisley Rotich called on the national government to mop up illegal firearms in the area to ensure lasting peace including ensuring the construction of roads to open up the area.

“The roads will assist our security personnel to follow the bandits and apprehend them,” he said.

Rotich said the county government will provide drones for the police which will ease their work as they will help them locate the criminals whenever they strike.

The Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner John Korir said the assistance came at the right time saying the area experienced total crop failure last season due to lack of adequate rains and insecurity.

The CC has indicated that around 100,000 people are facing hunger in the county majority of them hailing from the Kerio Valley.

He however said the area has witnessed peace for the last four months adding that the government will continue doing all it can to ensure that the peace prevails so that residents can benefit from such donations from development partners.

By Alice Wanjiru

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