116,000 RESIDENTS

Thousands face starvation in Makueni, need food

Residents of15 wards need food supply this month

In Summary

• Areas recorded more than 60 per cent maize crop failure last season

• School feeding reintroduced 

REsident receives title deed from Makueni county commissioner Mohammed Maalimin Kitundu on Monday
LAND BUT NO FOOD: REsident receives title deed from Makueni county commissioner Mohammed Maalimin Kitundu on Monday
Image: Andrew Mbuva

At least 116,000 people in Makueni  need food aid, a state officer has said.

County commissioner Mohammed Maalim on Monday said residents of the 15 wards need relief food this month.

They are Kikumbulyu, Makindu, Nguumo, Nguu, Mutito, Masongaleni, Muvau, Mbitini, Kathonzweni, Kako, Kalawa, Mulala, Kasikeu, Thange and Kitise.

Maalim spoke at Kitundu Market, Mbooni West, when 5,078 residents were issued with title deeds.

Maalim said most of these areas recorded more than 60 per cent maize crop failure last season. The crop failure was mostly blamed on poor rains. In other areas, Maalim said, it was as a result of human-wildlife conflict.

"Food security in some regions, especially those bordering national parks like Tsavo West, has been affected by the unending human-wildlife conflict," he said.

Maalim said among the government has quickly reintroduced the school feeding programme.

"At least 290 public primary schools with over 77,000 pupils in the county are getting food from the government," he said.

The county commissioner said there is another feeding programme by the county government, which targets ECD learners.

He said the government is keen on promoting water harvesting, through the construction and repair of dams ahead of the rains.

Maalim urged the county commissioners to ensure relief food is distributed well.

"This time around it will not be about making long queues for two or three kilos of maize or beans. We have the list of the most affected and these are people we will be targeting," he said.