At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report.
NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28, 2021 – The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million Kenyans are facing acute food insecurity in the next 6 months.
Mohammed El Montassir Hussein, IRC Kenya Country Director said
“This drought is reminiscent of the great famine of 2011 – we are very concerned about the growing humanitarian needs as people move out of the hometowns in search of places closer to water sources. Livestock are dying and men, women and children are going hungry and thirsty. Across the eastern and southern parts of the country the rains received were as little as 51% of what is expected.
“Lamu Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties received amounts that were as little as 26% of normal rainfall. Turkana and Garissa are both refugee-hosting counties which put the already vulnerable refugee population at further risk given planned closure of the camps in May 2022. Many people living in these areas rely heavily on crops as a source of nutrition and livelihoods, and the droughts have resulted in below-average crop production. Household stocks are up to 66% below average for all crops. And this is worse in the coastal region. High food prices coupled with declining livestock prices have impacted negatively on households’ ability to buy basic necessities. Earlier than normal migration of up to 60% of livestock mainly in search of pasture and water has intensified insecurity and conflict as well as high risk of livestock diseases.
“Climate change is the main driver of the erratic and recurring droughts, and has been partly attributed to the recent locust outbreaks in East Africa, causing widespread food insecurity. Climate change also contributes to poor health outcomes. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are likely to exacerbate the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Lack of access to clean water will lead to higher incidence of diarrhea, a major cause of death for children under 5. Coupled with the destruction of fragile ecosystems, the changing climate has a profound impact on the occurrence of viruses like COVID-19 that emerge from animals.
“We must prepare for future climate emergencies, with communities given financial support and decision-making power. Local leaders (particularly indigenous populations), smallholder farmers and livestock herders already have the knowledge and experience necessary to confront this crisis.
“Future response to climate change must also be feminist, recognizing the unique and disproportionate ways women are impacted. As farmers, carers or activists, women (and women-led organizations) are central to food security and effective climate change mitigation.
“A secure aid budget – fulfilled in line with the internationally endorsed target of 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) – and risk-informed financing that can be quickly deployed, is critical to mitigating the impact of future shocks. Investing now to tackle hunger and food insecurity resulting from climate shocks will save time, money and lives in the long run. We are in urgent need of funding to be able to meet basic humanitarian needs and mitigate the impact of future shocks.”
The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing health care, women’s protection, legal rights, economic recovery & development and nutrition services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and their host communities. We also work with the Kenyan government to support health, nutrition and conflict resolution programs. The IRC is focusing our efforts on the Turkana, Garissa, West Pokot, Kajiado and Nairobi Counties by providing emergency health care, supporting community health projects that improve nutrition, sanitation and access to medicine; educating people about HIV/AIDS and other diseases; fostering conflict resolution to make communities safe for women and children; providing primary education for children and specialized classes and job training for youth and adults and advocating for the rights of refugees in the capital, Nairobi, and other urban areas.
It is not long ago that the Public Servants in Kenya had to go through what they called the “lifestyle audit”. These days the authorities and the allies of the President Uhuru Kenyatta is not shockingly targeting Deputy President William Ruto. They are airing out his laundry and working on overtime to humiliate him. This has been a long time coming but it’s well planned. Just like they blocked from leaving for Uganda last time too.
DP Ruto has made his bed and he got to sleep in it. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that he should be the only one. Yes, DP Ruto has misused the offices of government and built his empire while being a High Ranking Official. However, who hasn’t at this point?
It is not like Ruto is an exemption. If you would look across the board of all parties, stations and counties of Kenya. I am sure the politicians have done their schemes, tenders and grand corruption cases. Therefore, airing him out only shows that the elites and the dynasties are targeting him. They are trying to weaken his campaign and resolve ahead of the elections.
What is worthwhile to consider… is that Ruto was the DP and if he could do this to him. They can unleash the same machinery against anyone else. The state and all it’s authorities can go after and seek to mock anyone who opposes it. There will be no remedies or no sort of injunction to stop it.
It is like we are supposed to forget all the corruption scandals and everyone involved in the Jubilee Party. Ruto was a part of group of thieves and they all dined in the den of thieves. The den of thieves was the Parliament, State House and where-ever else the government resides. That is why it wasn’t just the anointed TangaTanga ones, but all the godly men of Kenyatta too.
Yes, I believe Ruto should answer for his crimes against the state. However, the same should also all the other culprits as well. Not only Ruto, but Kenyatta and all of his anointed appointment over the years.
If they are airing out his guards and owned plots. Maybe, all the other appointments, Cabinet Secretaries, MPs and Senators should consider doing the same. So, they can show how suddenly all of them has a massive wealth bump over the years. It would be sincere, but also undermine their efforts and speeches. As they speaks as preachers and promises salvation, but only asks for thirties from the listening crowds.
That is why Ruto shouldn’t be alone with the lifestyle audit. No, he should be one out of many. If they are honest and sincere about it. Alas, this is a political game … and done on purpose ahead of the future polls.
Everyone should see it and it’s bloody obvious… there is no victory here and only a mockery attempt of the realities. Yes, we know the deal and there is no other way around it. The press and the newspapers might do the elites bidding. However, everyone should understand this and it’s done so openly. That’s why it’s not even cool, but a bidding ahead of the elections.
Ruto might be a con, but he was a con around other ones. That’s why the party shouldn’t leave him be. His men could easily undermine the others and if they are smart. They should unleash “lifestyle audits” of them as well. His not the only one who did and that doesn’t absolve of him of the crimes. Nevertheless, when the system is rigged. You just don’t point at one man, but the whole god-forsaken system. Peace.