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Daily Nation : February 4th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 4, 2014 TURKANA | Over 70,000 people starving in Kirinyaga Relief food arrives as leaders ask for more Distribution of relief in Turkana hit by lack of funds as Baringo leaders raise alarm BY NATION TEAM email@example.com L eaders are rushing to distribute food to starving families as the drought that has hit most parts of the country worsens. In Turkana, each of the county’s seven sub-counties got 700 bags of maize, 300 bags of beans, rice, and 50 cartons of ujimix after 15 trucks carrying relief food arrived. County Commissioner Julius Mathenge yesterday told the Nation that deputy county commissioners were planning to distribute the food to worst-hit areas. “We are yet to receive the Sh300,000 logistic funds for every sub-county that Devolution Principal Secretary Gideon Konchella promised to disburse. We can’t sit Bags of maize each Turkana sub-county got 700 Number of starving people in Kibish 20000 70000 Number of starving people in Kirinyaga back and wait for the funds because the drought is severe and people are in dire need of food,” he said. Kibish Deputy County Commissioner Erick Wanyonyi said it takes at least Sh250,000 to take food to remote areas like Soya, Kokuro, Loruth, Napak and Kibish per trip. “Distributing food to vil- lages located 400 kilometres from Lodwar Cereals Depot is an expensive venture than the allocated Sh300,000,” he said, adding that 20,000 residents were in urgent need of food in the sub-county. Mr Wanyonyi asked the national government to send GSU officers to distribute the food to areas along the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan. In Baringo, Senator Gideon Moi, Governor Benjamin Cheboi and Women’s Representative Grace Kiptui at the weekend appealed for relief food from the central government. Their calls came after three lives were lost in Tiaty constituency. More than 150,000 people are staring at death in Tiaty, Baringo South and Baringo North sub-counties. In Kirinyaga, at least 70, 836 residents are starving, with Mwea East and Mwea West sub-counties bearing the brunt of drought. A Jubilee alliance activist, Mr Mureithi Kang’ara, appealed to the government to send relief food to the area urgently. By Sammy Lutta, Wycliff Kipsang and George Munene County News 23 ROW | Butchers protest against vet BRIEFLY NAKURU Man handed 40 years for raping stepdaughter A middle-aged man was yester- day sentenced to 40 years in jail for defiling his 14-year-old stepdaughter. Nakuru senior resident magistrate Judicaster Nthuku said the man committed the offence at Githioro Farm in Njoro District on September 9, 2012. “The accused had defiled the girl before the incident that resulted in this prosecution, but she was coerced to drop her complaint so that the matter could be settled at home,” said the magistrate. Despite being pardoned in the first case, the man defiled his stepdaughter again, added the magistrate. LAIKIPIA Employee robbed of shop’s Sh600,000 A Nyahururu supermarket JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Butchers at Classic Slaughterhouse in Nyeri Town protest yesterday against alleged high-handedness by a veterinary officer. County agriculture and livestock executive Shadrack Mubea promised to look into the matter today. yesterday lost Sh600,000 when an employee who was taking the cash to a bank was robbed by an armed gang. The employee was accosted a few metres from Mugo Supermarket. People who had responded to the woman’s screams scampered for safety after a gangster who was in a getaway car whipped out an AK47 rifle. Nyandarua North police boss Benjamin Osongo said that they now had crucial information they were using in searching for the robbers.
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