No lives have been lost due to hunger in Marsabit-Government

No death has occurred as a result of hunger in Marsabit County as alleged by a section of the local media, the government has clarified.

Marsabit county commissioner Magu Mutindika dismissed reports that five people had starved to death in Dukana location of North Horr sub-county as both dishonest and alarming saying that both levels of government have been distributing relief food and water to the area residents.

Mr Mutindika said in his office on Saturday that the national government alone has supplied 20.5 tons of an assortment of food rations that include beans, maize, rice and cooking oil to North Horr Sub-county in which Dukana is found.

The county commissioner said the county government has also supplied 4,000 households in the area with food aid from its 700 tons it has dispatched in the past one month besides a combined effort of water trucking by both levels of government and stakeholders including the national drought management authority (NDMA).

According to the administrator, all areas affected by drought occasioned by failure of the recent short rains have been factored in the relief food supplies programme adding that every sub-county was being allocated food stuffs to give to the needy.

Moyale, North Horr, Loiyangalani, Laisamis, Marsabit North, Central and Sololo sub-counties combined have received  822 bags of beans, 324 cartons of edible oil, 1,890 bags of rice and 1,890 bags of maize, and 5 tons of fortified food like unimix from the national government alone.

NDMA county coordinator Mr Guracha Guyo disclosed that the number of households now under the hunger safety net (HSNP) programme has now hit the 31, 000 mark after being increased by 9,000 from 22,000 households.

Mr Guyo said the household under the programme continue to receive their monthly stipend of sh 5,400 while the additional households would start getting their pay as from next week as sh 23 million has been released for that purpose.

That payout is besides one being handled by the departments of social development and that of children services that caters for the elderly, the disabled, orphans and vulnerable children

Marsabit governor Ukur Yatani has regularly assured the residents that nobody in need of food aid will be left out in the measures being outlined and executed to mitigate drought and famine.

Pregnant and lactating mothers can also access high nutritional value rations that include unimix at health facilities across the county secured by the county government, the governor said adding that every effort was being made to assist those affected.

The dire situation has bound the governor to seek out audience with international donors in a bid to mitigate the situation more effectively.

The Red Cross society is also giving grants of sh 3,000 to 900 households with acutely malnourished children in four wards in North Horr and Laisamis sub-counties described as malnutrition hotspots.