Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has urged the government to declare the current drought a national disaster for it has affected nearly 30 Counties which are experiencing massive death of livestock.
Speaking at Kituro village today during the funeral of former Kabarnet Mayor the late John Kiprono, Moi called for urgent intervention by all stakeholders to prevent affected people from dying out of hunger loss of lives.
He said the drought situation was devastating especially in worst affected areas like Samburu, Turkana, Baringo and Kilifi whereby thousands of livestock have already died due to lack of water and pasture.
Moi said the drought situation is now going out of hand and was indeed hurdling the mass voter registration exercise as the affected people are struggling for a survival following the harsh conditions resulting from acute shortage of water and pasture.
The Baringo Senator reiterated his previous call to have the voter registration exercise suspended in all regions affected by drought saying it was proving difficult and embarrassing to persuade hunger stricken people to engage in the exercise.
Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi on his part urged the residents who are capable of engaging in the voter registration exercise to turn up in large numbers for the noble worthy course.
Cheboi asked aspirants eyeing for elective posts in the coming 2017 general Elections to stop engaging in premature campaigns and instead support the government in carrying out awareness on voter reiteration.
Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita who deviated from politics of voter registration and drought menace supported a proposed bill seeking to incorporate cancer alongside other terminal diseases which require primary health care to be availed in all public medical health facilities countrywide.
Mwaita urged the electorates to seek early cancer screening and shun away from traditional believes that bar them from seeking medication.
During the funeral of the former Kabarnet Mayor which was attended by hundredths of mourners speaker after speaker led by Governor Cheboi, Senator Moi and deputy governor Eng Mathew Tuitoek eulogized the deceased as a hardworking businessman and a loyal politician.