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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
16 | National News DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 PREDICTION | Only southern parts of Kenya to be wet Weatherman forecasts five more days of rains Met office, however, warns that this is not the onset of the long rains season BY MIKE MWANIKI email@example.com AND OUMA WANZALA @Iwanzala firstname.lastname@example.org T he heavy rains falling in parts of the country will continue for the next five days. Deputy director of Meteoro- logical Services Peter Ambenje yesterday said Nairobi, central Kenya, parts of Machakos and Voi were having rains, lightning and hailstorms. “Beginning today (Wednes- day), heavy rains are expected in the southern parts of Taita Taveta, Makueni and Kitui counties. “Most of these areas have rains of between 10mm to 20mm,” Mr Ambenje said. He said the rains were also expected in parts of southern Coast (Kwale and Shimoni), Moyale and Marsabit. 10,000 Number of bags of maize that Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei (above) ordered to be moved to Lodwar “However, I would like to emphasise that this is not the onset of the long rains,” Mr Ambenje said. He attributed the rainfall in this dry season to the weather in the Indian Ocean, leading to an increase of moisture and clouds. However, not all parts of the country have rains as western Kenya, Coast and Northern Rift Valley are dry. At the same time, the rains have continued to decline in Narok and Kajiado, he added. Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Felix Koskei, said lack of planning and distribution was to blame for the hunger ravaging parts of the country. Mr Koskei said there was no coordination in food distribution, resulting in parts of the country having plenty of food while others had none at all. “In October the Meteoro- logical Department sounded the alarm over the coming drought and I went to Turkana and ordered that 10,000 bags of maize be moved to Lodwar from Kapenguria and Kitale to top up the 6,000 bags already there,” he said. He said at the moment, there are 14,000 bags of maize in Lodwar, yet people are still going hungry. “No one should complain of hunger because we have the food, but people are not getting it,” he said. Over 1.7 million Kenyans need relief food and the government has released Sh2.3 billion to feed them. JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Police examine a rifle recovered after two poachers were shot dead at Solio Ranch conservancy in Nyeri County yesterday. Police said the two unidentified men were targeting rhinos in the morning. Two poachers shot dead at ranch BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Two people suspected to be poachers were shot dead at the Rhino Sanctuary in Solio Ranch yesterday. A Kenya Wildlife Service assistant director, Mr Aggrey Maumo, said that game rangers heard a commotion by the two as they entered the sanctuary at around 2am and they laid an ambush. Mr Maumo, who was speak- ing at the Nyeri County-based ranch, said the rangers had been on standby at the ranch since Monday when intruders were reported. “An unknown number of men gained access to the sanctuary through the fence and attempted to kill a rhino,” he said. “Our rangers acted promptly after hearing a gunshot and laid an ambush where two suspected poachers were shot dead as they attempted to escape,” Mr Maumo said. Weapons found Their killing brings to four the number of poachers killed at the ranch in a month. A rifle, three rounds of ammunition, a sword and a pair of pliers believed to have been used to cut the fence, were recovered at the scene. The gun, he said, would be taken for ballistic tests to establish whether it had been used in other crimes. Two white rhinos were killed at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Nanyuki in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Ol Jogi general manager John Weller told the Nation the poachers took away the tusks. Investigations are underway. “As of now I cannot confirm any arrests but the rangers’ dog unit officers are investigating” Mr Weller said.
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