ENHANCING ALLOWANCES

Nyando subcounty to be considered as hardship area

In April, over 2,000 households were displaced by floods that destroyed roads, schools amongst other infrastructures.

In Summary

• Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa said residents of the area have suffered whenever it rains.

• MP Jared Okello said the neighbouring subcounties such as Muhoroni and Nyakach had been gazzetted as hardship areas, leaving out Nyando.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa
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The government will consider a request by Nyando MP Jared Okello to have Nyando subounty in Kisumu gazzetted as a hardship area.

Nyando is located in Kano plains, which is prone to floods.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa said residents of the area have suffered whenever it rains.

 

“We are aware of the challenges experienced by the people of this area because of flooding. Many people have been displaced because of rising water in Lake Victoria,” he  said on Saturday.

He said the government will follow up on the issue.

“I want to confirm our support for that to be done,”he said in Kisumu at Ahero Multipurpose Development Training Institute.

Wamalwa was responding to a request by Okello.

The MP said the neighbouring subcounties such as Muhoroni and Nyakach had been gazzetted as hardship areas, leaving out Nyando.

He said he has submitted various supporting documents and evidence to the National Treasury for consideration.

This comes even as the teachers from the subcounty led by the Kenya National Union of Teachers officials petitioned the National Assembly, the Ministry of Education and the Teachers's Service Commission for consideration.

 

This will enable them to benefit from hardship allowance and other privileges enjoyed by their colleagues in similar areas. 

Ephraim Kananga, the Knut branch executive secretary, said most schools in the area were facing shortage of teachers because most of those who were posted there leave due to floods.

In April, over 2,000 households were displaced by floods that destroyed roads, schools amongst other infrastructures.

Those rescued were forced to shelter in various schools that were being used as rescue centres.

Edited by EKibii