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Declare floods a national disaster, Azimio tells Ruto


Azimio la Umoja coalition leaders addressing the press in Nairobi. [SKM Media]

The Azimio La Umoja Coalition is urging the federal government to declare the present floods a nationwide catastrophe.

Talking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Could 8, Azimio Co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka emphasised that declaring the floods a nationwide catastrophe would immediate the mandatory response for Kenya.

“We’re conscious that such a declaration will routinely set off expenditure from the nation’s contingency fund. May it’s that there isn’t any cash within the contingency fund? And if not, who has expended the cash and on what? Kenyans wish to know,” posed Kalonzo.

Azimio additionally criticised the Kenya Kwanza administration for disregarding El Nino warnings from the weatherman late final 12 months, whereas advocating for a donation of no less than Sh100,000 per family for flood victims, contemplating the Sh10,000 provide per household as insufficient.

“We demand that the federal government improve monetary help to no less than Sh100,000 per household and instantly launch an emergency assist attraction for all flood victims in Kenya. The Crimson Cross estimates that the flood state of affairs might require no less than Sh7 billion,” they mentioned.

The floods and heavy rains have resulted in over 238 fatalities, with 300,000 households displaced, and no less than seventy-five (75) folks reported lacking. 
Additional, 150 faculties have been immediately affected, residential buildings collapsed, and farms submerged.

Medical doctors’ strike

Relating to the continuing docs’ strike, Azimio has threatened to mobilize different unions and the general public to a nationwide strike, ought to the federal government fail to deal with the well being deadlock.

“We word that the Labour and Relations Court docket has ordered the hanging docs and the federal government to succeed in an settlement inside 48 hours. Whereas now we have seen efforts by the docs to finish the strike, we’re but to see the federal government’s dedication to do the identical,” the leaders mentioned.

Moreover, the Coalition has known as for a Parliamentary Choose Committee to analyze the premature dying of the late Chief of Defence Forces Normal Francis Ogolla.

“We word with concern that the Kenya Kwanza regime has swiftly moved on, leaving the households of the departed troopers with no help. They’ve additionally failed to ascertain a time-bound public inquiry into the reason for the chopper crash.”

In keeping with Azimio leaders, the Kenya Air Power’s inner investigation doesn’t meet the requirement of an open, clear, impartial, and credible probe.

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