Archives September 2021

Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Hon. David Osiany has today held a consultative meeting with Lamu County Commisioner Mr. Irungu Macharia and Lamu County Trade and Industrialization CECM Hon. Josphat Musembi to discuss the government’s agenda towards promoting SMEs.

The CAS who also paid a courtesy call on the Lamu County Secretary Mr. John Mburu reiterated the government’s commitment towards promoting and supporting Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are responsible for large contributions to value added products, innovation and employment.

He later visited the Hindi Industrial Development Centre which focuses on woodwork.

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LAMU COUNTY STEERING GROUP (CSG) APPROVES DROUGHT RAPID ASSESSMENT REPORT

The Lamu County Steering Group (CSG) Committee adopted the county’s Drought Rapid Assessment report and sectoral response plan today.

The study tracks the course of the drought in Lamu County in an attempt to mitigate its effects on local farmers and pastoralists.

According to the report, the drought has exposed underage children to child labor, early or forced marriages, truancy (where children flee their homes), starvation and lack of food, rampant poaching, increasing human-wildlife conflict, overflow of cattle from neighboring counties, and so on.

In locations where there is a severe water shortage, the report recommends expanding water trucking services, providing fuel for bore holes, and constructing a desalination plant.

Drought mitigation efforts sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Lamu County will benefit 750 agro pastoral households.

Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud told the CSG meeting in Mokowe that the county administration has already begun providing relief food to vulnerable families in need, and that the exercise will be expanded to the remaining wards across the county.

Irungu Macharia, the county commissioner, underlined the importance for increased efforts to help small-scale farmers and pastoralists who are suffering from the drought.

Meanwhile, the County Government-led relief food drive is continuing underway, as is the Lamu Water and Sewerage Company’s emergency water trucking program, which has been distributing water to drought-stricken towns.

Lamu County Secretary John Mburu, the CEC Trade and Tourism Josephat Musembi, and stakeholders from Lamu County Government, Kenya Red Cross, and the National Drought Management Authority were among those in attendance.

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By: Samwel Mkare

For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

OVER 800 HOUSEHOLDS IN MAPENYA AREA, MKUNUMBI WARD RECEIVE RELIEF FOOD

County officials led by Chief of Staff Mohamed Bute today distributed relief food in Mapenya area Mkunumbi ward .

Over 800 households today received food stuff under the program aimed at cushioning residents against the effects of ongoing drought .

Lack of rain has exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in poor to no harvests for Lamu’s small-holder farmers and water and vegetation scarcity for the livestock herding communities.

Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo, and Laikipia are among the twelve (12) counties on high alert, according to the National Drought Management Authority’s (NDMA) drought report for July 2021.

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For more information contact

Lamu County Communications Office at: info@lamu.go.ke

Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha hands over relief food to residents of HONGWE MJINI, SESE, MSEFUNI, KIBAONI,DAM, PELELEZA,HESHIMA AND MIKOROSHONI AREAS in Hongwe Ward, Lamu West.

Over 1000 households in Hongwe Ward have received food stuff to cushion them against the effects of the ravaging drought . Over 400 tones of foodstuff will be distributed to over 32,000 households in urgent need of food assistance across the County.

For more information contact
Lamu County Communications Office at: info@lamu.go.ke

OVER 2000 HOUSEHOLDS IN WITU TOWN RECEIVE RELIEF FOOD FOR DROUGHT RESPONSE.

Governor Fahim Twaha today led relief food distribution for drought response in Witu town, Witu ward to cushion the residents against the effects of ravaging drought.

Speaking in Witu town Governor Fahim Twaha explained that the food distribution exercise will be expanded to all wards targeting over 32,000 vulnerable households in urgent need of food assistance as drought continues to take its toll.

Lamu did not receive adequate rainfall during the last October – November-December 2020 short rains and the March-April-May 2021 long rains. Both seasons were characterized by late osets, below average quantities, and poor distribution both in time and space.

In Lamu this has resulted in worsening drought conditions manifested in poor to no harvest for Lamu’s small holder farmers, poor vegetation conditions, storage and water sources are depleting by the day, worsening livestock body conditions and reduced milk production.

In addition to distribution of relief food, the County has also stepped up water tracking services using water bowsers in villages facing acute water shortages.
According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) drought bulletin for July 2021, the other twelve (12) counties on a high alert drought phase include Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo and Laikipia.

For more information contact
Lamu County Communications Office at: info@lamu.go.ke.

RELIEF FOOD DRIVE IN SAFE AND WITHO AREAS, MKUNUMBI WARD

Governor Fahim Twaha earlier today led senior County officials in a relief food distribution exercise for drought response to over 450 households in Salama and Witho areas, in Mkunumbi Ward.

The exercise that was launched on 20th September 2021 in Witu ward, will be expanded to all wards across the county to cushion Lamu residents from the effects of ravaging drought. Over 400 tones of relief food will be distributed.

For more information contact
Lamu County Communications Office at: info@lamu.go.ke.

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