In solidarity with those who have been impacted by the continuing drought in some regions of the nation, Kenyan ministers will sacrifice their salaries for a month.
According to a statement from the presidency, the cabinet decided that the money raised from each member will go toward governmental actions to help the impacted Kenyans. The “unacceptably high” prices of maize, a basic grain, were also mentioned, and market help for farmers who were harvesting their crop was promised.
Millions of tonnes of corn were previously predicted to be imported, but the cabinet said that this would now happen in February to give farmers a head start in selling their goods.
Due to the protracted drought, millions of Kenyans are presently suffering hungry and are in urgent need of food assistance.
The government of Kenya this week announced a fundraising campaign for citizens to contribute to drought sufferers, including using a mobile money network.