Turkana county residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after the county government flagged off emergency food to sub counties to salvage drought situation that has been reported widely in the last few weeks.

The county government through the ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Disaster Management (PSDADM) has procured 150,000 bags of maize (50kgs), 15,000 bags of beans and 15,000 jerricans of vegetable oil that targets a population of 450,000 people.

Speaking yesterday during the fagging off at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Lodwar, County Executive Committee Member for PSDADM, Charles Lokioto said that they have given areas hard hit by drought priority in the first batch of the food supply.

“We have prioritized areas that have been mostly hit by drought. We have distribution plan that will cater for all parts of the county to make sure that every part is reached” Said Lokioto.


The four areas identified to have been highly affected and which will benefit on the first batch are Kalapata ward in Turkana South sub county, Nanam in west Sub County, Kokuro in North sub county and Katilia in Turkana East.

Governor Josphat Nanok while flagging off the emergency food called upon stakeholder and well wishers to chip in and help the county government in the process of mitigating the drought.

The County C.E. O also said that the food will be distributed equally and fairly by county field officers unlike the National government one which he claimed was politically instigated.