MP Nelson Koech raises questions over the Kenya Meteorological Department El-Nino rains forecast.
Belgut MP Nelson Koech raises questions over the Kenya Meteorological Department’s El Nino rains forecast.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak show on Monday, the lawmaker claims the prediction was flawed and not based on science.
He further intimated that he had questions on Kenya Met prediction, arguing that nothing was pointing in the direction of a possible weather crisis.
“I had personally cursed out the predictions that had been given, I was abit skeptical. I don’t know where the Kenya MET got the information from. I have tried to look at all the science involved and I couldn’t find anything that could point towards that end,” he said.
The legislator also claims the department’s equipment does not meet international standards.
He however noted that it is important as a country to always prepare for changes in weather patterns to help cushion citizens from the aftermath.
His statement comes after President William Ruto on Sunday revealed that the country will not experience El-Nino rains as the department scaled it down to short rains.
The weatherman had warned that El Nino will hit the country from mid-October to December, before clarifying that the rains will be significant, but not El Nino.
Meanwhile, the Belgut MP stated that Parliament will be conducting oversight on the use of monies distributed to county governments in preparation for the now unlikely El Nino rains.
Koech said that parliament will ensure that the estimated Ksh.10 billion disbursed to counties to mitigate the predicted rains will be put to good use.
“It is important to make sure that there was prudent use of those resources because I know there were people who were itching to tap on that money. We as MPs are going to oversight to make sure that any money,” he said.