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Wamalwa launches Shoes for Peace to address adversities

By Eric Wainaina
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 00:00 | < 1 min read
Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa yesterday led a host of leaders from the pastoralist community in launching a project aimed at providing shoes to over 26,000 children from poor backgrounds.

The project dubbed Shoes for Peace and Cohesion program, is geared at protecting the children from jiggers, thorns and insect bites in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) regions.

It was spearheaded by Mandera Governor Ali Roba and his Marsabit counterpart Mohamud Ali

The programme launched at Olipi Sere in Samburu county, is being piloted in Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera with a plan to expand to Garissa, Wajir, Pokot and Turkana where drought, locust and other insects have been wreaking havoc in the recent past.

Wamalwa said the national government was working on supporting ASAL areas with a view to cushioning them from effects of dry spells, locust invasion and coronavirus pandemic.

Roba, Wamalwa and Abdi also used the event top drum up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), on grounds that it had factored in some interests of pastoralists and rooted for more funds to counties up to the wards.

The leaders were also accompanied by Banisa MP Kulow Maalim Maalim, Dida Jaldesa (Isiolo South),  Abdi Mude (Lafty) Maishon Leshomo (Samburu county Woman Rep) and Mandera County Assembly Speaker Mohammed Khalif.

Previously, leaders from the pastoralist communities had come out to oppose the recently unveiled BBI report, issuing a set of conditions they termed as “irreducible minimums” for them to support the document.

 They included revenue allocation, extension of Equalization Fund lifespan, creation of a Livestock Marketing Authority, community land protection, making the Senate the Upper House among others.   

Eric Wainaina

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