CS Miano flags off prisons department relief food donations

The Cabinet Secretary for East African Community, the ASALS and Regional Development Ms. Rebecca Miano, received and flagged off relief food donations from Kenya Prisons Services on Monday, 23rd January 2023.

The CS flagged off 400 bags of maize, which will be distributed in Mutha Ward, Kitui County, one of the counties hardest hit by drought. She pledged to make a donation 150 bags of beans from her ministry, ensuring that the recipient families have a balanced meal.

Due to the ongoing drought, more than 350,000 people in Kitui County are experiencing acute food insecurity. Kitui is among nine arid and semi-arid counties (ASAL) classified the ALARM drought phase. Kitui South, Kitui East, Mwingi Central, and Mwingi North sub-counties are the most affected in the county.

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“This particular gesture by the Prisons Service is a laudable response to the efforts and desire to mobilise support from an array of stakeholders and well-wishers within and outside the Government. The cooperation of players drawn from multiple sectors, big and small, will no doubt, boost the efforts being made by the Government to ease the burden of hundreds of thousands of Kenyans vulnerable to the threat of starvation,” Miano said.

Mutha Ward has been particularly hard hit by the drought, with household food security rapidly deteriorating due to widespread crop failure. Conflicts between humans and wildlife, as well as the consequences of resource-based conflicts, have aggravated an already dire situation.The Kenya Prisons Service operates a Farm Revolving Account meant for training of prisoners in the various farming activities. The food donation is part of a bumper maize harvest realised in various penal institutions in Rift Valley and Western Regions