A swarm of locusts have been seen in some parts of Baringo and Kitui Counties.Six areas in Kitui have been invaded by locusts. They include; Ngomeni, Kavaani, Kathaalani Mukumanza, Tsekuru and Kyuso.
Deputy Governor of Kitui County Dr Nzau Wathe confirmed on Wednesday that experts had been sent to control the invasion using insecticides.
Dr Wathe pointed out that the spraying was set to end before noon.
“A team from the Desert Locusts Monitoring unit has been dispatched from Nairobi to spray the locusts,” Dr Wathe said.
Officers from county's Department of Agriculture are also at the affected areas. The locusts have also invaded Tirioko ward, Tiaty Sub County in Baringo County.
"It appeared like a dark cloud in the sky over Chepukana hill and when they landed in the village, it was difficult to walk because they settled all over the ground," Matthew Lokwete who resides in Baringo County explained.
Local leaders called upon the government to move in quickly and help in controlling the situation before it gets out of hand.
The invasion began in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya had initially expressed confidence that the locust menace would be controlled.
He claimed the government had purchased the adequate Fenitrothione chemicals to spray the insects.
CS Munya nonetheless admitted that they had initially used ineffective chemicals which could not kill the locusts.