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Govt urged to review cash for elderly

17 June 2013, 11:51 Wangui Joseph

The government’s system of cash transfer to the elderly people in the society should be reviewed to ensure the funds are reaching the intended beneficiaries, a Non-Government Organization director said on Saturday.

Joyce Wanjiku Kairu of Purity Elderly Care Foundation (PECF) said the system and needs assessment programme ought to be reviewed to ascertain that the cash reaches the needy beneficiaries on time.

Speaking in Nyeri town while marking the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Wanjiku asked the government to increase the funds saying KES 2 000 is not enough for survival.

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“We would like to request for an increase of funds in the cash transfer programme from KES 2 000 to KES 5 000 and ensure this is done monthly for sustainability,” Wanjiku said.

She was addressing a group of more than 150 senior citizens aged over 70 years who matched along the town streets to mark the day.

Wanjiku lamented that cases of elderly abuse are on the rise in the country mostly from children and the community.

According to Wanjiku, children are killing their parents due to inheritance while others mistreat them because they are not able to take care of themselves.

“Most abuse cases happen in their own homes, often by people well known or related to them,” she added.

She further said the senior citizens are suffering from emotional abuse due to loneliness, neglect, financial constraints, sickness and abandonment.

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