Nairobi,KENYA: TanaRiver senator Ali Abdi Bule has accused TanaRiver leaders of failing to unite in a bid to fight hunger crisis rocking the county.
He has also urged the government to move with speed in tackling the crisis affecting 150,000 residents in the county.
In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings on Friday, Bule accused Tana River Governor Hussein Dado and other elected leaders for failing to unite to fight hunger crisis which has also affected 300,000 cattle.
“The county government is is not taking this drought seriously and I urge the governor to adress this issue.”Bule said.
“I therefore urge MCAS from all the wards to wake up and ensure that the county government is suppoting this needy people.”He added.
He urged the county government,national government and humanitarian organisations to chip in and salvage the situation.
“The pastoralists communities are seriuosly facing food and water shortage.All water points that were being used as water sources have all dried up.The dried up water points illustrate the seriuosness of the threat to lives and livestock.”Bule said.
He urged the government to increase funds for hunger insisting that sh.250 million set aside for the affected counties which include Kilifi,TanaRiver, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Garrissa is not enough.
“I want to strongly emphasize that the condition of pastorallist communities on the ground is very much alarming and could worsen if urgent drastic action is not taken. “He reiterated.
He pointed that there is need for the government to declare the situation a national disaster.
Bule warned that if the situation will not be salvaged early enough, it will affect education system in the affected counties .