Over 500 members of special interest groups from Isiolo County have received relief food support from Isiolo Women Representative Mumina Bonaya.
The persons living disabilities, the marginalised, the elderly and the orphaned children benefited from foodstuffs worth Sh1 million from Bonaya who oversaw the distribution exercise on Monday and Tuesday this week.
The women MP distributed 120 bags of rice, 30 bags of sugar, 40 cartons of cooking oil and 24 cartons of tea leaves at Victor rescue centre, Game village in Burat ward and Kambi Juu Catholic Hall in Bulapesa ward.
Bonaya said that her office and the County Government are closely working together to forge development to the county. She said that the in-fighting among the leaders are things of the past which brought development to decline in the last few years.
She said every household would get 5 kg rice, 2 kg sugar, one litre of cooking oil, one packet of tea leaves and a packet of salt this month while the County government would top-up the food aid later in the month.
Bonaya who was accompanied by Isiolo Deputy Governor James Lowassa, Burat MCA Nicholas Lorot and Bulapesa David Waithaka said that the prolonged drought had badly affected the Country where the pastoralists suffered the most and needed attention from the government and development partners.
She added that the drought has wiped out close to 50 percent of small stocks which include goats and sheep.
Dr Lowassa said that the county government will increase relief food support to the hard hit residents of the county by suspending all development projects to save human and livestock.
He said that the county government is preparing a supplementary budget in a week’s time and once passed by the Members of the County Assembly, more food would be procured.
The DG added that two cases of cholera had been reported at Isiolo County Referral Hospital. He said that all medical personnel are on alert and any form of food hawking in the streets had been banned by the public health officers in the County.
Dr Lowassa said that people who were depending on food hawking would be included in the next phase of relief distributions.
By Abduba Mamo and David Nduro