Politicians Claim There Is Enough Food, Red Cross Appeals For Donations, who is fooling who?

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Since the drought reports hit the headlines, we have had our leaders claiming that there is enough food in Kenya to feed people. DP Ruto said that there is a fund of 2 billion set aside to mitigate the hunger menace. Backed up by CS Wamalwa and Internal security CS Matian’gi, they made us beleive that the condition will be fully maanged.

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However, Kenyans are now called upon to donate towards the drought crisis. Is it okay for Kenyans to take up the responsibility of government? who is fooling who? if there is enough food, why should we donate? Here is the story of how Red Cross is working towards mititgating hunger effects in affected areas.

On Thursday The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) will launch an urgent appeal for support towards the ongoing drought crisis in Kenya.

In a statement to newsrooms , KRCS says it will be seeking the support of all Kenyans, partners and stakeholders to mitigate the effect of the drought.

The drought has affected millions of Kenyans who are facing the risk of starvation, a number that may rise if immediate and efficient interventions are not implemented.

Counties that are most affected with the drought situation are Samburu, Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Baringo, Kilifi, Tana River, Makueni, West Pokot, Kajiado, Kwale and Wajir.

The government has approved the immediate release of Ksh.2billion to facilitate drought intervention.

The government has however issued several statements saying there should be no cause for alarm as ‘no Kenyans have died from hunger.’


A report by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) cites below average 2018 short rains for the rising cases of food insecurity.

Livestock and crop production in several parts of the country has also been affected by the ongoing drought as most water sources have dried up.

The 2019 long rains are expected to delay and may be poorly distributed.

The National Drought Management Authority has added that the expected poor rainfall performance will result in less than full recovery for many of these counties.

This means that food insecurity is likely to persist through to July 2019.

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