Sunday, March 22, 2009


Prime Minister Raila Odinga at a stop over in the vast Rift Valley province yesterday said the Government had released Sh700 million to the Kenya Meat Commission to buy livestock in a move by the Government to cushion pastoralists from effects of drought.

"The money will be equitably distributed to all pastoral areas to ensure all communities benefit from it,’’ he said, in Narok on Saturday.

I think Minister Elmi is listening as this involves so much with the Northern region of Kenya where 70% of Kenya's livestock is. The money itself is not enough but atleast will help communities manage the already volatile situation while other suitable mechanism must be sought to help in reducing the famine calamities.

Meanwhile, More than a dozen families, whose crops were destroyed by wildlife in Tana River District two weeks ago week, have camped at the Kenya Wildlife Service offices in Mbalambala.

The Chairman of Tana River County Council Ali Doyo said elephants and buffaloes invaded farms and destroyed crops. Doyo said the wildlife menace has reduced area residents to beggars while they live in a very fertile area.Now the families say KWS should give them food because they are in charge of the wild animals that destroyed the crops, said Doyo.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday at Malindi, Doyo said wildlife personnel from Mbalambala have failed to control the wild animals straying to farms and destroying crops. The civic leader warned the people would kill the animals if they would not be restrained. Doyo said the last time Government sent relief food to the famine stricken families was a month ago, where each of the 48 locations in the district got only eight bags of maize.