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Governor Njuki appeals for relief food for his hunger-stricken County

 Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has appealed to the national government to supply relief food to his constituents amid prolonged drought conditions in the county.

Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki signs KSh10 cheque for Igambang'ombe Multipurpose Cooperative Society. Photo/DENIS MUTUA

Njuki said since March 2021 the county and especially lower parts have not experienced rainfall and farmers are almost giving up from devastating drought conditions hitting his county.

He said despite his county going through such hardships, it is missing out in the list of drought ravaged counties which is worrying residents about their fate.

The governor therefore called upon the government through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) to include Tharaka Nithi in the list for the residents to also benefit.

“I want to let the President and the Devolution Cabinet Secretary know that Tharaka Nithi is more affected by drought than any other county of northern frontier.  Not because they are lazy but due to the prevailing drought conditions,’’ Njuki said.

He further expressed his worries that locals may turn to feeding on non-edibles owing to ongoing drought in the county.

2022 elections

Njuki bashed the national government for heavily funding 2022 elections at a time when residents are at risk of starvation.

“We cannot continue to prepare for elections when our people are suffering of hunger. We can even consider calling off 2022 elections and channel the budget to feed our people if the rains fail completely,’’ he said.

He was speaking at Nairobi Ndogo market of Chuka Igambang’ombe Sub County when he met members of Igambang’ombe Multipurpose Cooperative Society and offered a support of KSh 10 million to enable farmers procure value adding machines for their farm products.

The county boss seeking re-election for his second term urged residents to rally behind him in the coming elections for more development projects in the county.

STORY By DENIS MUTUA, EDITED By MUSYOKA NGUI                         

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