In Summary
  • He said the elderly, widows, and orphans have been hit hardest by drought.
  • Mr Lotethiro said at least 800,000 of the county's 1.2 million people in the six constituencies need food urgently.

Two people have died of hunger in Turkana Central constituency, while many others face a similar fate.

Kang’irisae Location Senior Chief John Ekwar and Kerio Delta MCA Peter Ekaru on Wednesday told the Nation that a man and a woman died last week as they sought food.

“A woman from Lodoket-Engol village was on March 5 found dead six kilometres from Kang’irisae centre, where she had gone to burn charcoal, which she hoped to sell to buy food,” said Mr Ekwar.

He said the elderly, widows, and orphans have been hit hardest by drought. The region has not received rains in the last nine months.  

Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro, Woman Rep Joyce Emanikor and Turkana Central MP John Lodepe have appealed to the national government and relief agencies to intervene urgently to save thousands of the region’s residents from starvation.

1.2 MILLION

Mr Lotethiro said at least 800,000 of the county's 1.2 million people in the six constituencies need food urgently.

A locust infestation last year in areas irrigated using the rivers Turkwel and Kerio, which provide most of the region’s food, led to poor yields.

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