By The Coast Team
Kwale County has now embarked on a plan to re introduce school feeding program as a measure to combat drought that has seen several students drop out of of schools.
Kwale Governor Fatma Achani says the program will start with all candidates who are about to sit for their exams as in November.
Addressing the public during the Mashujaa celebrations held at Shimba Hills the governor said the program will enable candidates to prepare well for their forthcoming examinations.
‘I have urged the County drought risk management coordination committee to supply both day and special schools with food stuff to enable students prepare well for their National examination later in November” added Achani.
Kwale is one of the 23 Counties affected by drought that has seen thousands of students dropping from schools and livestock succumb to death due to lack of food and pasture respectively.
The National government has already distributed 7,000 bags of assorted food stuff to support the affected schools and households with Kwale county receiving 1,000 bags.
On Wednesday the governor launched a 107.9million dam in Macknon that is likely to serve more than 2,000 locals from Samburu Sub county.
Kwale County Commissioner Mr. Gideon Oyagi said the National and county governments joined forces in the fight against hunger.
Oyagi also urged Private investors to forthwith stop forceful evictions of locals and instead look for possible solutions in solving cases of land ownership.
Meanwhile Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro together with County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka, on Friday flagged off KDF trucks loaded with relief food to be distributed across all the nine sub-counties in the county.
‘We thank the National government for the speedy intervention, let it be known that the county government in equal terms has been leading efforts together with donors to distribute food in different regions within the county as response to the current famine situation” Mung’aro said
The leaders were also accompanied by Deputy Governor Flora Chibule, Ganze MP Kenneth Charo Kazungu and several MCAs from Ganze constituency.
‘The consignment includes 3,600 bags of rice, 1,440 bags of beans and 900 canned meat tins, 68 water trucks to schools and healthcare centers around the county where more than 72,000 people are currently affected by drought” added Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka.
The food shall be distributed to Ganze, Adu in Magarini among other areas within the county.