By NJ Correspondent:
As NASA and Jubilee tussle for political supremacy in Kenya, Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim says elections should be the least of concern for pastoral communities as the drought bites severely.
With over thousands of livestock dying due to lack of pasture and water endangering the livelihoods of the community who are predominantly pastoralists, Rashid says the drought should be taken seriously.
“Our people trek a lot of kilometers to water their animals, a lot of the livestock died, some sold their animals for sustenance and others crossed to other counties which means elections is not a luxury we can afford” Rashid Kassim Said.
Kassim who won on a NASA affiliate Wiper ticket has distributed tones of relief food to cushion his constituents against the biting droughts and provided water Bowsers to truck water to pastoralists at their preferred and convenient points.
The legislator echoed NASA’s stance of No Reforms, No Elections saying IEBC was incapable of delivering free, fair and credible elections. He urged Wajir residents to brave the biting drought and safeguard their livelihoods.
Abdi Mohammed Balbal, a resident of Khorof Harar, lost half of his cattle to the drought and is now facing the prospect of losing the remaining ones if he does not receive the necessary intervention together the many other pastoralists.
Rashid who was CEO Ewaso Nyiro North Development Authority for five years has helped a lot in provsion of water and other developmental projects to Arid and Semi-Arid lands.