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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES HUNGER | Relief aid from donors down as number of people continues to grow Close to Sh2.4bn needed to feed 400,000 famine-hit Turkanas Villages around the areas where oil has been discovered said to be worst hit BY MADZERA NDURYA firstname.lastname@example.org AND SAMMY LUTTA @sammylutta email@example.com U p to Sh2.4 billion is needed to rescue 440,845 people from famine in drought-hit Turkana County. Relief aid from donors con- tinues to diminish despite the growing number of hungry mouths. According to the county drought report released on Monday by the county steering group, the drought is at an emergency stage. County drought disaster management executive Charles Lokioto Ewoi said people and animals had died due to the famine but gave no figures. But local leaders claim that six people have died of hunger. Turkana North MP Christo- pher Nakuleu said three people had died at Lokitaung Village. A member of the county assembly for Nakalale Ward, Mr Nicholas Ewoi, also said three people had died. Situation worsened The official confirmed that since the drought broke out in July, the county government had spent Sh133 million but the situation had worsened. “It is now time we appeal for humanitarian aid from relief agencies,” Mr Ewoi said, adding that the national government had released 700 bags of maize at the National Cereals and Produce Board Lodwar depot. “We haven’t accessed the maize for relief aid because we have been told a letter from the Ministry of Devolution authorising the depot to release the maize has not reached Lodwar,” he said. Residents are suffering despite oild and underground water dis- KAKAMEGA Trader wins back land from primary school BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A long standing land dispute be- tween a primary school in Kakamega and a trader has been ruled in favour of the businessman. The National Land Commission said the disputed land next to the Kakamega Primary belonged to Mr Sudhir Khetia of Yako supermarket. Commission chairman Muam- mad Swazuri said in a January 6, 2014 letter: “It is our opinion that the property is separate and distinct from surrounding ones. We find no justifiable merit to stop any further work (Mr Khetia) is undertaking.” On Monday, pupils pelted construc- tion workers with stones and chased them away from the site. Divisional Police Chief Frederick Lai said this was criminal. The busi- ness is building a hospital on the land at cost of Sh280 million. The management of Kakamega primary had claimed the land belonged to them and was grabbed by a private developer who later sold to the businessman. But the High court last year quashed the decision of the Kakamega land Registrar to revoke title deeds issued to Mr Khetia and two other developers. In his ruling, High court Judge Justice Said Juma Chitembwe said the title deeds had been validly issued to the registered owners who were never given a hearing before the titles were cancelled. The Judge said the Land Registrar had cited the Government land Act and the Trust Land Act to revoke the titles deeds but none of the laws empowered him to do so. DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 COAST LEADERS SEEK NEW OCEAN SECURITY TEAM Special unit will help fight drug trafficking and illegal fishing in Kenya’s waters. P.23 BRIEFLY KISUMU Ward candidate loses bid to nullify election A candidate for a ward seat who claims he lost because his name was misspelt on the ballot paper has failed in his second bid to nullify the election. Mr Tadeyi Mukudi said his name was indicated as “Mukdudi” on the ballot paper for the Bunyala North ward representative election last year. His case was initially dismissed by the Busia Magistrate’s Court. He appealed at the High Court in Kisumu but Mr Justice Aggrey Muchelule refused to nullify the poll on the basis of the anomaly, saying it did not affect voting. MOMBASA Man arrested over links with secessionist group A suspected member of a se- REACTION Maize ‘yet to be given out’ “We haven’t accessed the maize for relief aid because we have been told a letter from the Ministry of Devolution authorising the depot to release the maize has not reached Lodwar.” Nakalale ward rep Nicholas Ewoi “We have not seen the benefits of oil up to now. There are a few casual jobs which we scramble for.” Peter Ng’atur, a resident of Kalapata Village coveries in their county. The devolved unit official said that experts were still prospecting. He cited villages around oil sites like Ngamia 1 as the most affected. JARED NYATAYA | NATION Ms Susan Kebo (left) and fellow Kalapata residents in Turkana County eat wild fruits on Monday. They said they could not access relief food. Of the total population of 855,355, only 154,000 residents are getting aid from the World Food Programme. The county steering group comprise officials from the devolved unit, national government and relief agencies such as Oxfam, World Vision, World Food Programme and Kenya Red Cross. A World Vision official said its food aid had not been influenced by oil discovery. Mr Jackson Telieny said: “Our last beneficiaries in late July were 4,800 from Kainuk, Lomelo and Lokichar divisions who got their rations in December. “Normally, during May, June, December and January, we allow the beneficiaries to explore other sources to feed themselves.” Mr Telieny said the drought worsened in last month when residents started to starve. He was reacting to allegations by Turkana South MP James Lomenen that relief agencies had reduced their food aid after oil was discovered. Seen no benefits Mr Lomenen had claimed that the agencies had reduced funding since oil was discovered in Turkana. Mr Peter Ng’atur, a resident of Kalapata Village, said: “We have not seen the benefits of oil up to now. There are a few casual jobs which we scramble for.” cessionist group was arrested in Likoni over possession of literature on how to use a G3 rifle. The suspect is said to be a top Mombasa Republican Council official. He was arrested on Saturday by Criminal Investigations Department officers who had been trailing him for some time. Likoni Sub-County CID officer Harris Ondego told journalists yesterday that the suspect also had several key holders with MRC inscriptions and colours. MOMBASA Pupils get chance to enhance their talent Some 8,000 learners who scored below 250 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Mombasa are set to benefit from a talent and skills course. For six years, they will be trained on enterprise development, hospitality, performing arts, maritime, sports, construction management among others. The polytechnic, formerly Mombasa Technical Training Institute, will provide the training, the county executive for Education Tendai Mtana said yesterday. GARISSA Eight injured in machete attack A chief was among eight peo- ple injured when clashes broke out in Qabobeey, Garissa County. Mr Harun Maalim, the chief of Shidle sub-location, was being treated for deep cuts in his head following the Monday evening attack. Doctors at the Garissa Provincial General Hospital said all the victims were out of danger. Four had been treated and discharged, while the chief and three others remained in the wards in stable condition. Two of the patients were women.
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