Governors from counties affected by drought appeal for aid

Governors from counties affected by drought appeal for aid

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A man looking after cattle in a drought prone area. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Governors from the Frontier Counties Development Council-FCDC have appealed to the national government, non-governmental organizations and well wishers to deal with the drought situation affecting their various counties currently.

The FCDC movement was formed early this month and includes four counties that is Lamu,Tana River,Isiolo,Marsabit,Garissa,Mandera and Wajir.

Speaking in Lamu during the 16th annual cultural festival on Saturday,the governors Issa Timamy-Lamu,Nashif Jama-Garissa,Hussein Dado-Tana River and Ukur Yatani of Marsabit said the drought had hit their counties hard and their people were experiencing acute water and food shortages.

They have appealed to the national government to come to their aid and offer urgent assistance to both locals and their livestock.

Garissa governor Nadhif Jama who is also the chair of the FCDC called for cooperation between the national government and the seven counties in order to enable for a common solution to the drought situation facing them harder than any other counties.

“The drought is still threatening the lives of our people and their livestock. There is neither food nor water. As much as we are trying at the county level too see what can be done,we still need a lot of help and support from the government and well wishers,” said Jama.

The governors have also pledged to stick together and use the FCDC movement to address the common challenges facing them including matters to do with the economy,security and general infrastructure.

They have also defended FCDC and stated that has not been politically conceived and said its functions will only be limited to addressing challenges facing them.