Governor Oparanya On Drought: Counties Have No Capacity, National Gov’t Should Intervene
April 5, 2022
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Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya speaks during the CoG meeting on April 5, 2022. PHOTO | COURTESY
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya now says counties affected by the drought are incapable of solving the menace on their own without intervention from the national government.
Governor Oparanya says that most of the counties such as Turkana have been overwhelmed by the drought and the State should respond to the situation with haste.
While narrating his experience in Turkana during the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition campaign tour over the weekend, Oparanya described the situation as saddening, calling on the national government to treat it as an emergency. “I have never seen anything like I saw yesterday in terms of drought in Turkana. Leave alone lack of food, even there is no water, the few boreholes that are there have dried up. People have to walk as far as 15km to get water, by the time they come back, that is 30km, they have even consumed some of that water, you could see people are emaciated,“ he said.
“I think the national government should take this very seriously. I think with what I saw, the county government has no capacity to intervene in terms of the money that they receive, the allocation cannot deal with that particular situation.”
The governor argued that the budgetary allocation set aside for the counties could not cater to the current hunger crisis in some of the areas.
He spelled out that adverse weather conditions which had rendered some of the regions inhabitable called for the national government to reallocate funds regardless of whether it supersedes the figures by the Controller of the Budget.
“Some of the governors are claiming that they have already completed their budget for this year. Some of these factors that have come up were not captured in the budget, and they are having problems with the Controller of the Budget. We allocate some money to such activities,” he explained.
“If people are dying, the money should be available through the environment, or if you are in charge and you are not able to approve environmental money, then you must give a solution instead of us watching our own Kenyans die because of hunger.”
So far, the government, through UNICEF research has reported that over 2.8 million Kenyans in the affected counties of Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa and Turkana among others are in dire need of relief food and water.