Talks on drought mitigation take centre stage at Council of Governors’ meeting

The Council of Governors earlier today held a consultative meeting as per the Intergovernmental Relations Act that begs for cooperation and consultations between the national and county governments.

Today’s discussions were anchored on issues affecting counties among them funding from the national treasury and continued mitigation measures taken by counties in the face of the drought situation in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu called on the National Government to partner with County Governments to avert the forthcoming drought citing the delays of rainfall and the forecasted little rainfall.

She asked leaders including the clergy to unanimously unite in the cause and avoid politicizing the issue.

“I urge all leaders not to politicize this issue but come together and  focus on how how citizens can get support to cope with the said shortage of food and water” she said.

The Governor said there was need for resource mobilization by both governments to ensure the situation is adequately addressed saying lack of water would affect livestock farming too.

Council of Governors Chief Whip Kivutha Kibwana called on the national government to release emergency funds to the counties to enable them deal with the impending situation amicably.

Others in the meeting were Governor Martin Wambora of Embu and Governor Ndiritu Muriithi of Laikipia.

The meeting was held at the council’s Delta Tower offices in Nairobi.

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