Drought stricken residents in Lamu receive over 1000 bags of relief food

Drought stricken residents in Lamu receive over 1000 bags of relief food

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Lamu deputy county commissioner Stephen Sangolo distributes relief food on Saturday. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: The national government has distributed over 1000 bags of relief food aid to residents affected by drought in Lamu county.

Deputy county commissioner Stephen Sangolo said a total of 1000 bags of rice,400 bags of maize,200 bags of beans and 100 cartons of cooking fat had been distributed to all those of affected by close of business on Saturday.

Speaking during the distribution exercise to Lamu’s Boni community which is worst affected in Bargoni,Sangolo said the national government was making all necessary efforts to address hunger that’s been caused by the ongoing prolonged drought.

The commissioner said in Lamu areas including Dide Waride,Chalaluma,Moa,Pandanguo,Hongwe,Kiunga and Pate had been worst affected by the drought.

Other areas affected include villages occupied by the Boni minority community in Bargoni, Basuba, Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe.

Sangolo also lauded the Red Cross in Lamu which has been instrumental and on the forefront in distribution of relief aid to those affected by drought and hunger.

“Following the prolonged drought, the hunger situation is also worsening by the day. The national government has however vowed to ensure all those affected get food and water until the situation goes back to normal. We have distributed the food to the affected people and we still expect more aid to come,”said Sangolo.

He however warned residents against selling relief food and said all those found doing so shall be arrested and prosecuted.

He also warned shop owners who shall be found stocking and selling relief food of dire legal consequences.

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“The government is giving out this food aid for free. We therefore don’t expect the beneficiaries to sell the food. We shall conduct searches in shops around here to see if there is any shop owners who are busy reselling the aid. Things won’t be nice for them,”said Sangolo.