Chiefs who fleece elders to be punished
06 October 2014, 13:29
Vihiga - Chiefs and their assistants fond of fleecing elders off their monthly stipend as provided by the government will be arrested.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!
Vihiga County Commissioner, Boaz Cherotich said that it was unfortunate that when the elders get their money, there are people who stand in their way and also want to benefit from it.
“We have heard complaints from the people that some officers want the elders to give them part of the money promising them of stripping them from the payroll if they do not comply. We have opened files and are investigating these cases in the County,” said Cherotich.
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Claims have emerged that chiefs and their assistants waylay the elders after they receive their monthly stipend from the government and deduct as much as KES 5 000 from the KES10 000 that the registered elders had accumulated over five months.
The commissioner suggested that the government will open files for the elders and their accounts established so that they will not have to be paid the money at once leading to them being waylaid.
“If the elders will have their accounts, no one will bother them in taking their money after they have been paid. The lump sum pay makes some of them get worried with the money and thus become easy prey,” he said.
Residents have further asked the government to increase the number of the elders who are on payroll, noting that only four are selected per sub-location, which way below par.
“Very few forms are brought to the counties and you find that only four are available per sub-location. The government should increase these forms as it cannot be that there are only four elderly persons in need of government help,” said Ernest Mahasi, the social development officer in the County.
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