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Groups and State seek lasting solution to crisis

By | March 21st 2009

By Daniel Nzia and Ayoki Onyango

About 98 per cent of Mwala District residents are starving.

Mwala DC Florence Amoit said this when she flagged off Kenya Red Cross Society lorries transporting relief maize and beans to hunger victims in Yathui division.

The food is part of 2,000 bags from the Government and 600 bags from the Kenya Red Cross Society for distribution to the needy.

The DC said the Government through the Ministry of Special Programmes sends 2,000 bags of maize to the district monthly.

"Although this amount is not enough, I wish to urge wananchi not to panic," she said.

Amoit warned DOs and Chiefs against diverting relief food.

The DC said the Government is building a dam in Yathui at a cost of Sh900,000 to ease water shortage.

The Hindu Council of Kenya donated ten tonnes of maize flour in Kalama and Kyangala villages in Machakos District.

The council has initiated a major famine relief programme throughout the country. The President of Hindu Council of Africa Muljibhai Pindolia led a group of Hindu volunteers to distribute the food.

Last week, Pindolia and the chairman of the council, Mr Vanraj Sarvaiya, flagged off a lorry loaded of relief food at Kabansora Millers to help famine stricken Kapenguria residents. The council officials said Kabansora Millers had agreed to sell them maize and wheat flour at subsidised prices.

Machakos MP Victor Munyaka praised the council for helping the needy. He urged them to continue their service to humanity, especially in time of need.

The council has also built 10 water dams and a school in Makindu.

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