National disaster looming in Ganze over hunger crisis , warns MP

National disaster looming in Ganze over hunger crisis , warns MP

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A livestock farmer in Makumbo Village in Bamba assessing one his dead cow following the persisting drought in Ganze sub-county. PHOTO: DAVID NGUMBAO.

Nairobi, KENYA:Ganze member of parliament Peter Shehe is urging the national  and  county governments together with humanitarian organisations to move with speed and provide food ,water and medical  assistance to Ganze residents who  are  stricken by hunger , warning that  the situation is  worsening  to  national disaster level.

In a media briefing at parliament buildings in Nairobi on Friday, Shehe said that the hunger crisis in Ganze is extremely deplorable due to shortfall of rains, insisting the need for the government to intervene and provide aid to 167,000 residents affected.

“It is the third year now we have not had rainfall, the situation is really worsening.The government has a program of distributing food, we started with 150 bags per month which is pretty minimal, they added   to 800 bags but the numbers of people who are affected are 167,000.As a matter of fact food being distributed isn’t enough,” said Shehe.

He further urged the two levels of government and other well wishers to initiate water projects  in order to stabilize water supply in the area and help in modernizing agricultural sector to avert water shortage and  hunger in the future.

“This situation might turn out to be a national disaster; the situation in Ganze requires the involvement of the two levels of government, to help in averting this crisis.”he added