The Council of Governors has called for the formation of an inter-governmental
Speaking to the press in Nairobi, CoG Chairman and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said Governors are calling for an urgent meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to find long-term solutions to the problem. He said Counties have proposed to establish a Food Fund that will be utilized in times of emergency and at the moment, they’ll provide much-needed support for the Counties, “In the short-term, Governors have established a special kitty where they will make contributions to support the affected Counties,” he said.
Furthermore, Oparanya admitted that for the issue to be addressed permanently, proper food distribution channels must be set up, “It is quite worrying that one part of the country can be food sufficient and yet another part of the country is experiencing hunger.” He said the CoG has urged County assemblies to allocate budgets for this emergency, and that the Council’s Agriculture Committee has been tasked to come up with mechanisms of how to provide food in a way that preserves the dignity of those affected. Despite a large number of Kenyans suffering, the government has insisted there is sufficient food, with Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa had revelaed that there are four million bags of maize set to be distributed.