‘Is govt nuts?’ Baringo hunger deaths hit 21 even as govt denial intensify

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A 75-year old man Chepkwony Borjiroot died due to hunger at Barketiew village, Baringo North Sub-county on Sunday night raising the deaths to 21.

His death brought the number of people who have died due to hunger to 21.

Hunger also threatens lives of over 800 displaced bandits attack victims-Ilchamus, including school going children resettled back to Mukutani, Baringo South Sub-county in October 2018.

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 “We just walk up on Monday morning to find the lifeless body of the old man, he was complaining hunger and stomach pain the previous evening, on Sunday” Yatya resident Joseph Toroitich said.

Toroitich said although the ailing old man stayed alone, but his major suspected killer could be hunger as the entire place is really ravaged with drought.

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“His sickness worsened in the last two weeks so he could not afford trekking more than 15 kilometres as people currently do to fetch some water or purchase foodstuffs in Yatya centre” he said.

This comes after government refuted claims that several people have lost their lives following the current drought situation.

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The National Disaster Management Authority CEO James Oduor on Monday said the media had amplified the reports and sending wrong information to the public.

Deputy President William Ruto addressing the media outside his Harambee Annex office after a meeting to review the drought situation.

He said deaths had been reported in Baringo, Tiatty and Turkana areas and experts from water and health deployed.

“Yes, deaths were there but they cannot be linked directly to drought. This can be as a result of sickness and other issues,” he said.

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