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Wamalwa: A digital Cash System Will Replace Food Distribution in Arid and Semi-arid Areas at The End of This Year

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa

The Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa on Wednesday gives a directive on how to share out the relief support to the areas affected by drought.

Devolution CS Wamalwa said the digital cash system will face out the usual trend of distributing food to the affected areas by the end of the year.

Wamalwa also confirmed a Strategic Food Reserve Board issued 250,000 bags of maize to assist the affected people.

The areas affected by drought include Tana River. Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, and Garissa totaling to 2.6 million people who will receive 50,000 bags of maize until December

Wamalwa added that by December, it would have rained in the country as indicated by the MET Department and there will be enough water, food, and pasture for people in the arid and semi-arid areas.

Wamalwa addressed the issue in his office at the Treasury Building during the joint task force launch on the creation of a digital platform to provide relief assistance to needy Kenyans. 

Devolution CS claimed the distribution of relief food in the affected areas has been going on for 50 years and it was tiresome and inhuman to make the old people queue for a long time instead they will transfer the cash to them which will allow them to buy the food they prefer for themselves.

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