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Samburu Parents Marry Off Girls for Food as Hunger Bites

By Godfrey Oundoh

Parents in Samburu County are marrying off their underage daughters in exchange of food and livestock due to the biting drought, the Nation has learnt.

Girls as young as nine years have been given out to elderly men by their parents as a means of saving their siblings from starvation.

A spot check by the Nation in different parts of the county including Baragoi, Illaut, Nguronit, Keleswa, Lemolog, Suyan, Ngilai, Bendera and Barseloi in Samburu North revealed that hundreds of underage girls have also dropped out of school for early marriages.

According to Mr Simon Lalalaki, the deputy head teacher at Keleswa Primary School in Ndoto Ward of Samburu North, about six girls have been withdrawn from the school and married off by their families for food.

SURVIVAL MEANS

The minors who were in his school, the only educational institution in the area that has only three levels of classes (standard one to three), were among 76 pupils who make the entire school population.

“The drought and famine situation in this area has led families to look for survival means and marrying off these girls is one of them. Parents have given out their children to obtain water and food,” said Mr Lalalaki.

The teacher who hails from South Horr which is about 32km away stays within the village.

He said the water problem has also led to massive school dropouts.

STAY HOME

This is as women ask their daughters to stay back at home and watch their siblings as they set for a more than 30km journey in search of the commodity.

“Many of the girls are asked to stay at home to take care of their younger sisters and brothers as some are tasked with taking care of goats with the cultural belief that goats tend to be more productive when taken care of by girls,” added the teacher.

Mr Lalalaki called upon both the national and the county governments to intervene and rescue the girls whose future is being thrown away.

He termed water and food as urgent resources that are needed in the region to save residents who are losing hope day by day.

Keleswa Primary school has a total of three teachers.

The three depend on pupils’ parents for water for their domestic needs and laundry as they have no time to leave the school and travel for tens of kilometres to get the commodity.

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Stakeholders Partner to Empower Crisis-Torn Kenya Girls

By Maria Macharia in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi — KENYA has launched a yearlong effort to bring together stakeholders to champion attention and investments to most pressing needs and opportunities for girls in emergencies and development settings. The launch coincides with the International Day of the Girl, celebrated yearly on October 11. In Kenya, under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, the national theme for 2017 is: “Empower girls: Emergency response and resilience planning”. This theme is focused on the fact that girls are affected and bear the brunt of conflict, violence and natural disasters. This reflects the weak protective mechanisms within families and communities, increasing vulnerability of girls to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. This year’s celebration was held at the Samburu Girls Foundation Centre in the northern Samburu County. As part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is partnering with Health Games which offers a social gaming platform to improve health literacy and awareness. Dr Ademola Olajide, UNFPA country representative, said adolescent girls in the developing world were a huge, untapped resource but discrimination, gender roles and reproductive health problems limited their dreams for the future. “They need special attention in order to live up to their full potential,” she said. Partners in the scheme include government, Gina Din Group, European Union, Huawei and Safaricom. “We applaud the Government of Kenya and our partners UNFPA and Safaricom Foundation for their leadership and support in helping Kenya’s young people, in particular adolescent girls, to realize their full potential,” said Adam Lane, Huawei Senior Director of Public Affairs.

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Samburu Leaders Want Police Operation in Laikipia Stopped

By Lillian Mutavi

Leaders from Samburu County have condemned the shooting of three people during the ongoing operation in Laikipia and want the government to call off the operation.

The leaders allege that the ongoing operation is politically instigated as the police have been collecting IDs of locals and looting their livestock a move the leaders have termed as economic sabotage.

Speaking in a city hotel on Thursday, the leaders led by Nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda, Woman Representative Maison Leshomo, Samburu Senator Sammy Leshore and Gabriel Lengoiboni an aspirant for Governor’s seat said that the operation should be stopped and dialogue given a chance.

Ms Lesuuda said that the office of the President and the interior ministry should mediate the talks between the leaders and residents of Laikipia instead of using force.

She said that since the operation begun, over 500 animals have been lost through shooting and 35 people have been arrested while others injured by the police and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers deployed in the county.

“We want the national government to stop this operation and call us for a dialogue since the people are suffering and the allegation that Samburu have invaded the ranches are untrue.

“We have lived in consensus with the ranchers and even pay them to feed in their grounds why now… we demand answers from the government,” posed Ms Lesuuda.

Ms Leshomo said that they locals have been driven to Laikipia due to drought and once the rains come they will go back asking the government to allow them live in consensus with the ranchers.

She said that police had already arrested those suspected to have killed Briton Tristan Voorspuy and that the Samburu where not involved.

“The original communities in Laikipia are the Samburu, Pokot, Turkana and Kikuyu and it is a cosmopolitan area and the notion that Samburu and Pokot have invaded Laikipia is untrue,” said Ms Leshomo.

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Samburu Leaders Want Laikipia Security Operation Halted

By Godfrey Oundoh

Leaders from Samburu County have asked the government to immediately withdraw the Kenya Defence Forces from Laikipia County.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal and MPs Lati Lelelit (Samburu West) and Alloys Lentoimaga (Samburu North) have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop the ongoing security operation.

The leaders argued that security personnel are using the operation to torture, maim and harass innocent residents of Laikipia.

They further demanded a meeting with President Kenyatta to iron out the Laikipia issue whose effects they said are spilling over to Samburu County.

The leaders cited poisoning of water sources used by people, wildlife and livestock, torching of homes, shooting and killing of livestock and illegal arrests of innocent locals as some of the injustices committed by security personnel.

They spoke at the Samburu County headquarters in Maralal Town on Wednesday evening.

PERTURBED

“As Samburu leaders, we are perturbed by what is happening in Laikipia County.

“We strongly condemn the actions by security personnel undertaking the ongoing operation. Indiscriminate killing of livestock will harm the pastoralists’ main source of livelihood,” said Governor Lenolkulal.

The governor wants the operation halted and another alternative way of solving the issue sought.

“The government has enough resources and machineries to get to the bottom of this. We have a few criminals but unfortunately what is happening now is a humiliation,” added the governor.

LOST MEANING

On his part, Mr Lelelit faulted the operation saying it has lost meaning.

“The operation was meant to help in the recovery of illegally held guns, but the commanders leading their teams have directed harassment of people from certain communities. I was personally in Laikipia yesterday and what is taking place there is purely crimes against humanity,” said Mr Lelelit.

The three leaders also claimed that identification cards from two pastoralist communities are being confiscated by security agents in Laikipia.

The leaders further accused politicians from Laikipia County of turning the operation “political”.

“We know there are local politicians in Laikipia who do not want our people there, and some who want to change the voting pattern. So they are taking advantage of the operation,” added Mr Lelelit.

They threatened to call for mass action in two weeks’ time to recover the confiscated IDs.

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Isiolo Herders in Fresh Fight Over Grazing Land

By Vivian Jebet

Fresh fights between herders from two pastoralist communities erupted in Kom, Isiolo County Monday leaving one person injured.

Tension continues to grip the volatile area following death of 10 herders from Borana and Samburu communities over grazing land on Sunday.

One scout from Biliko-Bulesa conservancy was shot in the arm when Borana bandits opened fire at Samburu herders who had gone to collect dead bodies of their colleagues at the scene.

Merti Deputy County Commissioner Julius Maiyo said seven out of 10 bodies of those killed during the Sunday’s attack have been retrieved from the scene.

“Three bodies from Samburu’s side have been collected and taken to Isiolo Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation; two bodies belonging to Borana community were buried in Merti while two others collected from the scene were yet to be buried in Biliko and Dimado areas in Merti Sub- County,” said the administrator.

Police from Archers Post, Samburu County are interrogating one suspect, a driver of a lorry who was spotted ferrying 60 morans from Marsabit County to the area two days before Sunday’s fierce gun fight.

Mr Maiyo said police are yet to establish their mission.

On the remaining bodies, the DCC said herders could not access the area to collect the bodies due to fear of revenge attacks.

Some of the 20 cattle that were shot dead were still lying at the battle field, about 100 kilometres from Isiolo town.

“The herders who are armed with illegal firearms from both communities have not withdrawn from the scene and are still camouflaging around the area,” he added.

Security has been heightened to prevent retaliatory attacks and to restore normalcy in the area.

The movement of armed herders from neighbouring counties of Marsabit, Samburu and Isiolo into the area in search of water and pasture for their livestock due to drought has sparked tension.

On Sunday, about 100 armed bandits from Borana community attacked Samburu herders who had migrated from Samburu County with their livestock.

Motorists and public vehicles have been forced to use the Garfasa-Mbarambate- Kulamawe route towards Isiolo town for fear of attacks along the Kom-Archers Post route.

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Red Cross Appeals for Sh1 Billion to Tackle Drought Effects

By Lillian Mutavi

The Kenya Red Cross is appealing to Kenyans to raise Sh1 billion to help tackle the drought crisis in more than half of the country.

The fund will help up to 340,786 people facing starvation in 13 counties.

The fund will focus on interventions to mitigate drought, including nutrition, direct cash transfers, food vouchers, rehabilitation of key communal watering points and animal off-take and slaughter.

“All Kenyans need to come forward to donate to the Drought Appeal,” said Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary-General Abbas Gullet.

Dr Gullet said the number of people in need of food aid has risen to more than two million since January this year and the society has been forced to expand relief aid to nine more counties — Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir, Mandera, West Pokot, Baringo, Isiolo, Samburu and Lamu.

He said the assistance requested will target malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in 10 counties.

DIRECT CASH TRANSFERS

He said direct cash transfers to most food-insecure families and where markets are functional will benefit 17,500 families.

Dr Gullet said food vouchers will be given to 7,500 families while 51 watering points will be rehabilitated.

He said financial assistance will help families meet their immediate food, non-food and income needs.

“Cash transfers offer families with the flexibility and choice to purchase their preferred foodstuff from local traders and therefore supports local markets and recovery of livelihoods,” he said.

He said 4,200 households had already received money under the programme.

The drought in Baringo, Embu (Mbeere), Kajiado, Kitui, Laikipia, Makueni, Narok, Nyeri (Kieni), Taita-Taveta, Meru (North) and Tharaka-Nithi counties has been classified as an emergency.

The situation is alarming and expected to get worse in Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu, Wajir, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot counties.

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Samburu Herders Discover Two Bombs in Poro

By Godfrey Oundoh

Residents of Poro, Samburu West are living in fear after two bombs were discovered in area.

The two bombs were discovered on Thursday evening by herders who reported to the nearby Administration Police post.

The officers in the camp alerted their colleagues at the Maralal AP headquarters who went and collected the bombs.

The explosives were kept under the custody of Police awaiting the arrival of bomb experts from Nairobi.

Samburu County Police Commander Stephen Mwinzi said the team will be arriving anytime to detonate the bombs.

Several cases of leftover bombs and unexploded landmines have been reported by pastoralists in Samburu County.

There has been a number of causalities mostly children taking care of animals on the hills and plain.

This has been linked to military trainings by the Kenyan and the British Army in the area.

Archers Post in Samburu East along the Samburu-Isiolo border, Baawa North and Poro are among the affected areas.

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Schools in Samburu Risk Closure as Drought Persists

By Godfrey Oundoh

School going children are among thousands of residents of Samburu County affected by a drought ravaging the region.

Independent investigations by the Nation have revealed that many pupils may drop out of schools if the government does not intervene and supply them with relief food and water.

Already, the fate of more than 500 primary school pupils in the county hangs in the balance after the managements of their schools vowed to close them due to the drought.

The drought has hampered learning at Ndonyo Wasin Primary School in Sereolipi, Samburu East, which is one of the areas worst hit by drought in the country.

The school’s administration disclosed to the Nation that they are contemplating sending children home this week as the conditions have worsened.

“The school management committee has agreed to follow the bitter path due to lack of water that has affected the normal learning activities in the institution,” said an official of the school’s management who sought anonymity.

SEARCH FOR WATER

Most of the learners in the area have stopped attending classes as they opt to stay at home and help their families in search for water.

A spot check by the Nation revealed that most children were missing classes as they help fetch water from the only community well in the area that is almost drying up.

Thousands of residents depend on the well for water.

A week ago, a primary school boy slipped and fell into the well as he tried to fetch water.

He was rescued by good Samaritans who were present.

According to Fr Jonathan Namoni, a priest at Ndonyo Wasin Cathoilc Church which sponsors the school, the problem is alarming and urgent measures are needed to save the lives of the children.

HELP FROM COUNTY GOVT

“The county government was initially helping the learning institutions with water. We plead for their assistance,” said Fr Namoni.

In several other schools in the area, the number of pupils has dropped significantly, the Nation learnt.

Fr Namoni revealed that more than 65 children have been transferred to schools run by non-profit organisations where they can get water.

Parents are now targeting schools that are along the urban areas of Sereolipi along the Isiolo-Marsabt-Moyale highway, Merile, and Girigiri.

A resident and rights activist Jespa Lerno said the situation has forced parents to try to balance between livelihoods and education, forcing many pupils to drop out of school.

“There is need for urgent food and water aid to the vulnerable groups in this community. Children below the age of five, the aged, disabled and pregnant women are all in urgent need of the essential human needs,” said Lerno.

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Families Transfer Patients to Private Hospitals as Strike Bites

Public hospitals in Nakuru, Nyandarua, Narok, Samburu and Laikipia counties remained deserted on Monday as health workers kept off work.

Patients seeking treatment at the health facilities continued suffering as they were turned away by security guards, with nobody in sight to attend to them.

The most affected were those scheduled for Caesarean sections, surgeries and expectant mothers who had to seek immediate help elsewhere in private facilities.

At the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, which serves as a referral centre for Nyandarua, Narok, Samburu, Laikipia, Baringo and Kericho counties, the families of patients had to transfer them to private hospitals.

Ms Waithera Kamau’s son, who has arthritis, writhed in pain after he missed a crucial monthly injection.

FEW WORKERS REPORTED ON DUTY

“I am confused because l cannot get the injection elsewhere. I fear for my son’s life,” she told the Daily Nation, breaking down. At the Nyahururu County Referral and Rumuruti Sub-County hospitals in Laikipia County, only a handful of health workers reported for duty on Monday.

In Samburu County, nurses took to the streets of Maralal Town, carrying placards as they chanted slogans urging the county government to address their plight.

Most families transferred their patients to Wamba Mission hospital, 106km from Maralal.

Meanwhile, the Nakuru County Government has started receiving applications for job vacancies to fill positions of 1,200 striking nurses after attempts to resolve a stalemate over delayed and unfair promotions hit a snag.

Reporting By Magdalene Wanja, Steve Njuguna , Macharia Mwangi, David Macharia, Godfrey Oundoh and Reitz Mureithi.

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Kenya: Families Transfer Patients to Private Hospitals as Strike Bites

Public hospitals in Nakuru, Nyandarua, Narok, Samburu and Laikipia counties remained deserted on Monday as health workers kept off work.

Patients seeking treatment at the health facilities continued suffering as they were turned away by security guards, with nobody in sight to attend to them.

The most affected were those scheduled for Caesarean sections, surgeries and expectant mothers who had to seek immediate help elsewhere in private facilities.

At the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, which serves as a referral centre for Nyandarua, Narok, Samburu, Laikipia, Baringo and Kericho counties, the families of patients had to transfer them to private hospitals.

Ms Waithera Kamau’s son, who has arthritis, writhed in pain after he missed a crucial monthly injection.

FEW WORKERS REPORTED ON DUTY

“I am confused because l cannot get the injection elsewhere. I fear for my son’s life,” she told the Daily Nation, breaking down. At the Nyahururu County Referral and Rumuruti Sub-County hospitals in Laikipia County, only a handful of health workers reported for duty on Monday.

In Samburu County, nurses took to the streets of Maralal Town, carrying placards as they chanted slogans urging the county government to address their plight.

Most families transferred their patients to Wamba Mission hospital, 106km from Maralal.

Meanwhile, the Nakuru County Government has started receiving applications for job vacancies to fill positions of 1,200 striking nurses after attempts to resolve a stalemate over delayed and unfair promotions hit a snag.

Reporting By Magdalene Wanja, Steve Njuguna , Macharia Mwangi, David Macharia, Godfrey Oundoh and Reitz Mureithi.

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