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West Pokot leaders blame government for slow response to disasters

Written by Evans Jaola
2013-07-19 09:51:00
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Some of the residents at the scene of the incident where cattle were struck by lightning. [PHOTOS|Evans Jaola|West Fm]

West Pokot County: Leaders from West Pokot County have condemned the government for not helping victims of natural disasters despite fund for disaster management being allocated in the national budget.

Speaking in Serewot  when they inspected a scene  where more than five cattle  were struck dead by lightening last night, the  leaders led by majority leader in county assembly Simon Kalekem (right), the leaders said residents are living in fear with the government doing less to save the situation.

The late night incident which claimed five cattle have led to decry from residents who have blamed the government for neglecting them.

“I have lost my cattle amounting to more than two hundred thousand and now I don’t know where I will start from since this was the only source of livelihood for my family,” wondered Paul Tara, the owner of the cattle.

“We have lost our people due to lightening yet the government is adamant to compensate affected families,” said Kalekem.

Kalekem revealed that there have been frequent incidents of lightening with residents losing their beloved ones which have even resulted to some residents fleeing their homes for fear of losing their lives.

The majority leader now wants the government to urgently channel funds to install lightening arresters in the region to curb the continued lightening that has claimed more than five people in a span of three months.

“This is a serious issue and we want the government to act with maximum speed to ensure our people are safe especially school children who are at risk,” he said.

KNUT West Pokot branch secretary Martin Sembelo urged the government to quickly install arresters in all schools in the county to ensure children do not lose their lives from lightening that is prominent in the area.

Dead cattle that were struck by lightning at Serewot area within West Pokot County. 

“We are not ready to lose our children in schools .All schools should be well equipped with arresters so as to save us from this losses,” said Sembelo.

The leaders wondered why the government allocates funds in the budget yet the  money does not benefit families that are affected .They also blamed the  government for being slow in responding to disasters which has led to loss of lives .

“Let the ministry concerned put enough measures to ensure such people are compensated to help them come back to their normal life,” added the leaders.

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