Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday vowed to
enhance drought mitigation measures to ensure all those
affected are assisted.
Kenyatta said the
ongoing food and water relief, animal off-take and cash
transfer programs are constantly being enhanced to
support Kenyans to overcome the current hard conditions.
"I take this opportunity to assure all Kenyans that
the government is doing all that is in its power to
ensure that people in need are assisted," he said in
Nairobi upon the delivery of donations from the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) in support of the government’s
drought mitigation measures.
The food security situation is expected to
deteriorate in most parts of Kenya as its meteorological
authority in February predicted depressed rainfall in
the period from March to May.
The East African nation declared drought a national
disaster in February, inviting international community
to help in addressing the situation.
The president said he appreciates foreign and local
partners who have responded to the government’s appeal
for support after he declared the drought a national
The government has already doubled relief efforts to
cover 3 million people, up from the initial 1.3 million.
Kenyatta said his government has also enhanced water
trucking in the 23 arid and semi arid counties most
affected by the drought.
The president recently gave a directive for all
relief efforts to be streamlined under the Devolution
Ministry to ensure synergy in delivering aid to needy
Laikipia County facing severe drought and rise in food