“We have no capacity and expertise to fight locust invasion” says Ali Roba
The Mandera County Governor is calling for international organizations to come to their aid in combating the locust invasion. The locust which migrated from Somalia and Ethiopia is getting out of control as more swamps continue to enter the Northern Kenya County. According to Cpt. Ali Roba, pasture and crops have started to be affected in several areas putting the area at a greater risk of early drought. ”We have just moved from serious drought, followed by heavy floods and now this locust invasion might make the situation even more dier for our people who depend highly on livestock,” said the Governor.
Earlier this week the Government promised to embark on aerial sprays but several areas are yet to be sprayed. Leaders from Northern Kenya have warned that unless authorities intervene quickly against the invasion the consequences will be catastrophic for the vulnerable pastoral communities.