Declare locust invasion a national disaster, nominated Senator Falhada Dekow Iman has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Noting that locusts have caused untold agony to farmers and pastoralists in parts of Northern and Central Kenya, Iman argued that it is only by declaring the invasion a national disaster, that the matter will be given attention.

The senator, who hails from Garissa County, disclosed that she has also been affected as the locusts have destroyed vegetation in the area, leaving residents helpless and exposed.

"It is public knowledge that rain is scarce in the region. This year, however, we were lucky to have rain and thanked God that our animals would have pasture, only for desert locusts to invade and clear all the vegetation.

"For people who depend on livestock, the invasion means they will lose their only source of livelihood as their animals will have nothing to feed on," she said on Wednesday.

Iman said even though the government has tried to fight the locusts, the situation has remained out of control as the insects have continued to wreck havoc in some parts of the country.

"Government interventions so far are poor. The best way to out is for President Kenyatta to declare the current locust attack a national disaster so that we find a quick solution before it spreads further," she opined.