Over 800 Ganze residents received 400 bags of relief food at Ganze market center, Kilifi County following famine outcry brought about by the ongoing drought that has affected hundreds of families in the area.
Presiding over the food distribution, Kilifi County Governor, Mr Amason Kingi, said in a statement released to the media, that the government has deployed resources under the Disaster Response docket to assist affected households with water and relief food.
The Governor, accompanied by Kilifi North MP Owen Baya, some Kilifi County MCAs and county officials distributed 300 bags of maize and 100 bags of beans while promising more aid to the residents to cushion them from the effects of the drought.
“As the County Government, we are also working closely with the National Government in coming up with comprehensive drought mitigation measures and ensure no life is lost due to hunger,” he said.
Areas such as Goshi, Bamba and Bofu have been severely affected by the scarcity of food caused by the drought, leaving residents in despair.
The drought was declared a national disaster by President Uhuru Kenyatta in September after ravaging 11 counties, with Kilifi being among them.
Different organizations such as Red Cross Kenya and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) have also deployed resources such as cash transfers, school feeding programmes and food distribution to the affected areas to ease the food scarcity crisis facing the County.
By Jackson Msanzu and Harison Yeri