Perspective of the World from Western Kenya
  Home

Bookmark and Share

West Pokot leaders blame government for slow response to disasters

Written by Evans Jaola ejaola@westfm.co.ke
2013-07-19 09:51:00
Read 899 Times


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.


Other Related Stories
The weekly Western Chronicle issue no:050, Oparanya in trouble
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 049, where do you stand – Hero or villain?
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 048, are Kenyans safe from Ebola?
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 047, Uhuru’s journey to The Hague
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 046, Trans Nzoia County speaker in trouble
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 045, why people commit suicide
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 044, Chinese companies mistreating locals
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 043, Uhuru rescues Budalang’i
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 042, crime surges in Bungoma County
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 041, is Ababu the new Luhya kingpin?
The weekly western chronicle issue no:040, Government and opposition at crossroads
The weekly Western Chronicle issue no: 039, referendum, devolution split leaders
The weekly Western Chronicle issue no: 038, tourists troop to Western as circumcision kicks off
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 037, whistle blower ignored by police
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 36 focusing on the calls for referendum
The Weekly Western Chronicle issue no:035 showing how Uhuru is soliciting Western support with goodies
The Weekly Western Chronicle issue no: 034 showing how investors scramble for Busia County
The weekly wetern chronicle issue no:033, how youth plan to take over Kakamega town
The weekly western chronicle issue no:032, don't split Kenya, Uhuru, Raila told

© Copyright 2012. WestFM Mobile.