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Step-up relief intervention, NCCK tells government

Step-up relief intervention, NCCK tells government

Meru,

Monday, May 13, 2024,

KNA by Dickson Mwiti

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCk), Upper Eastern Region, has called upon the government to intensify the provision of relief supply and emergency accommodation to families affected by floods, to alleviate their suffering.

Speaking during their 14th Regional Conference, comprising delegates from Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Isiolo, and Marsabit Counties, the Council led by its Chairman, Revered Dr Nicholas Nteere, said the affected persons were Kenyans and have the right to lead a dignified life.

“It is with great sadness that this Regional Conference has taken time to pray for the families of the more than 250 Kenyans who have lost their lives in the ongoing flood disaster, as well as those who have been injured or otherwise physically affected by the floods.

“While appreciating the efforts of the government to rescue those who have been marooned and those displaced, we call upon all Kenyans, to participate in assisting our brothers and sisters,” said Dr Nteere.

He further called on the National and County governments, to develop clear and enforceable strategies to relocate citizens from locations at risk of flooding, since no Kenyan should be affected by flooding year after year.

On the issue of alcohol consumption, the Council noted that the residents of Upper Eastern counties, continue to suffer greatly from the ravages of alcohol, drug, and substance abuse.

“What is of concern is that the government at both County and National levels seem powerless, to stop the production and sale of illicit brews and drugs.

The result of this lethargy by the government, is the destruction of lives of the youth and middle-aged men and women,” said Dr Nteere.

“Since government officials know who the producers and distributors of the illicit substances are, we demand that decisive action is taken against them without further delay,” he stressed.

He noted that the cases of suspects being arrested and released in unclear circumstances should not be heard of again, since this is one of the setbacks in the fight against illicit brew manufacturing and consumption.

He also called upon the judiciary to ensure speedy prosecution of alcohol and drug-related cases urging it not to not agree to unnecessary delays, and but instead take action against any persons who interfere with witnesses.

He said the menace will only end when perpetrators are punished and seen to be punished.

“On our part, we remain committed to preaching and counseling our people to reduce the demand for abuse of alcohol, drugs, and substances,” said Dr Nteere.

Courtesy; KNA

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