Kenya: Destructive Desert Locusts Now Invade Meru And Isiolo

Panic as locusts now spotted in Meru. source: citizen tv

By Olivia Murithi And Ali Abdi

The county government of Meru has admitted there is a locust invasion in some parts of the county.

Speaking on Saturday, Meru Chief of Staff Gideon Kimathi said the dreaded locusts had invaded Meru in areas like Kachuru, which border Isiolo County. Mr Kachuru told residents a multi-agency team from Meru, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi and Samburu counties had been created to fight the locusts. Igembe North MP Maoka Maore also confirmed the invasion in his constituency.

He asked the national government to help counties fight the menace.“There are locusts in Ndumuru and Kachuru. We plead with national government to disregard county government officers saying there are no locusts in Meru and help avert disaster,” said Mr Maore.Last week, when residents of Ndumuru claimed to have spotted a plague of locusts at a bush near their homes, the county government, through Agriculture Executive Carol Mutiga, denied the claims. Read more…

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