Legislators want funds set for elderly persons increased
Leaders in Naivasha now want the money set aside for the elderly increased so as to benefit the needy in the society.
The leaders affiliated to Jubilee Party called on the government to increase the kitty so that it can reach all corners of the country and achieve its intended purpose.
Led by Nakuru County Jubilee Chairman James Karimi, the group also urged the government to ensure those handling the fund be people of integrity.
Karimi said the number of elderly Kenyans has increased significantly and thus the need to increase the funding.
“Though we know that the government is overburdened, we ask it to consider improving also the monthly stipends that the elderly receive.”
Karimi was speaking after leading a food distribution to the less fortunate in Naivasha where over 300 elderly women received Christmas gifts at Municipal Park in Naivasha.
He said there was need to support such women: “These senior citizens need our support and we need to come together and help them so that they too can feel and enjoy Christmas and the New Year just like other Kenyans.”
His sentiments were echoed by Naivasha Parliamentary aspirant Antony Rebo who said that officials responsible for the fund should be investigated to ensure the funds are not misused.
Rebo said many elderly people were not getting the fund as required and wondered how the money was being spent.
“The officials should be investigated for corruption so that what is given by government goes directly to its intended purpose”.
He called on Kenyans to share with the needy during this festive season saying that they too were part of a society that embraces all regardless of their status.
On her part Nominated MCA Esther Njeri said that they were targeting over 1,000 elderly women who will receive the Christmas gifts.
She said that the Ksh 2,500 given is not enough to cater for the needs of the senior citizens and urged government to consider increasing the stipend.
“We have come together to celebrate with them and to make sure that they can also feel loved during this festive season.”
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