As the ravaging drought continues to affect about 1.3 million Kenyans with estimates that the number of those in need of food and water will rise to 2.7 million by end of February, Governors have resolved that each county will contribute Sh1mn to the Kenya Red Cross famine kitty.
It was an agreement reached at an Extra Ordinary Meeting called to discuss pertinent issues that were affecting the country especially drought.
The Council of Governors (CoG) Chairman Peter Munya while addressing the media after the meeting said in addition to the Sh1 million contribution, each Governor was asked to make a personal contribution to support areas affected by drought.
“We have not agreed on how much one should contribute but we said you contribute according to your ability and according to your heart,” he stated.
The CoG further urged the National Government to convene an urgent summit to discuss short and long term measures that should be employed to deal with the current famine which according to the Governors should have been declared a national disaster to get the attention it deserves.
The Governors however raised concerns over poor coordination between the National and County Governments saying that without proper and coordinated approaches in the interventions being employed, resources would not reach all the affected people and would as well result to misappropriation.