Kerio Delta, 19th December 2022 (Governor’s Press Service)– Governors Jeremiah Lomorukai and Jackson Bii of Uasin Gishu County led a distribution of relief food in Kerio Delta Ward today, benefiting approximately 3,000 households.
The donations are under the Save a Life initiative, a multi-sectoral drive by residents of Uasin Gishu County, to support families affected by the drought in Turkana.
The exercise was coordinated by the Kenya Red Cross Society who provided logistical support.
Governor Bii stated that the distribution of food was support from residents of Uasin Gishu to ensure that residents of Turkana County would not go hungry. He emphasized the importance of counties in the North Rift to work together as under North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) to develop the entire region, including planting trees and taking other measures to combat climate change.
“We said that residents of Turkana will not starve yet we have food. We respect residents of Turkana as citizens of Kenya and decided to heed calls by our president to donate food to support Kenyans affected by the drought,” he said.
Governor Lomorukai thanked Governor Bii and residents of Uasin Gishu for the support. He informed residents of Kerio that the County Government had procured relief food and distribution will soon be rolled out in the area.
He expressed his appreciation for the support of the people of Kerio in the recent general elections and promised to prioritize the needs of these communities.
“In my agenda on water, I promise to prioritise Kerio Delta and Kalokol Ward which are among regions in the county that have faced the challenge of severe water shortages,” Governor Lomorukai said.
He also pledged to work with other elected leaders from the region to address challenges affecting residents.
The county boss reiterated his commitment to collaborate with President William Ruto to ensure the region benefits from National Government projects.
Turkana Central MP Emathe Namuar welcomed the efforts of the governors and expressed his willingness to work with Governor Lomorukai to address the challenges facing the region.
Other leaders who spoke during the distribution exercise were Women Representative Cecilia Asinyen, Area MCA David Ekod, Mathew Alany of Kangatotha and County Executive for Education, Sports and Social Protection Leah Audan.
Governor Bii was accompanied by County Executives Abraham Serem (Water) and Edward Sawe (Agriculture). The Kenya Red Cross team was led by Governor Geoffrey Korir.