Sonko Rescue Team medics treating members of the public at Tobong grounds in Turkana County. PHOTO/GPS
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
Members of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s humanitarian group popularly known as Sonko Rescue Team have sets up a medical team in Turkana County to assist residents suffering from hunger related ailments.
The team which was led by Governor Sonko to deliver food stuffs that included sifted maize flour, cooking oil, milk, cabbages, potatoes, watermelons, oranges and other kinds of assorted vegetables and fruits to hunger stricken Turkana residents have set up a medical camp at Tobong grounds where hundreds are flocking to get medical attention.
“We are not here to engage in politics but to assist families suffering from hunger and shall extend this humanitarian exercise to the other 13 counties that have been affected,” Mr Sonko said.
The Nairobi Governor was accompanied by his Turkana counterpart and immediate former Council of Governors chairperson, Mr Josephat Nanok, who praised Mr Sonko for being mindful of the welfare of residents in hunger-affected counties.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko gives out milk to hunger stricken residents of Turkana County. PHOTO/GPS
Governor Sonko has sent food stuffs to hunger-troubled counties of Turkana and West Pokot to save thousands of Kenyans who have been starving due to a long dry-spell prevailing in some parts of the country.
Mr Sonko’s convoy of trucks carrying the relief food arrived in Turkana and West Pokot over the weekend. Thousands of residents came out to benefit from the donation.
Before food distribution, Mr Sonko paid a courtesy call to Mr Nanok in his office, where they discussed various issues, amongst them the hunger that has hit the region.
Governor Nanok praised his Nairobi counterpart for the humanitarian gesture saying the Good Deeds Ambassador title that Sonko was given by an Israel organization, is befitting his status.
Members of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s humanitarian group popularly known as Sonko Rescue Team distributing relief supplies in Turkana County. PHOTO/GPS
“I want to say a very big thank you to Governor Sonko. He is more than a friend to us. I believe your recent appointment as the Good Deeds Ambassador is well-deserved. We are very glad for the variety of food stuff you have brought us here,” Mr Nanok said.
Mr Sonko said his mission in Turkana and West Pokot was not politically-driven but part of his responsibilities as a Good Deeds Ambassador.
“I was not bestowed with the title of a Good Deeds Ambassador for nothing, and that is why I am here to assist families suffering from hunger,” Mr Sonko said.
Leaders who welcomed Governor Sonko to the region included Turkana women representative Joyce Emarikor and Senator Malik Ekai.
Senator Ekai said the fresh vegetables brought in by Sonko was an exemplary idea.
An ambulance belonging to the Sonko Rescue Team in Turkana County. PHOTO/GPS
“We have all seen how our people have enjoyed fruits. We are very happy Governor Sonko for this well-thought idea, because majority of our people had not seen these fruits for a very long time. It is actually like a miracle to them,” Senator Ekai said.
Other leaders present were MPs led by Jeremiah Lomorka (Loima), Mohamed Ali, (Turkana East), James Lomenen (Turkana South), John Lodepe (Turkana central), Christopher Nakuleu (Turkana North) among other leaders.
The relief food will be distributed to several areas including; Kerio Delta, Lochwa, Kaptir,Loima, Gold, Lotikipi, Kamarese, Kerio, Nakukulas, Lojere Emoit, Kadeli and Katioko among others.
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