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The elderly cry for justice

31 August 2012, 16:01 Kelvin Mureithi

Hundreds of old men and women from Meru County are calling on the government to make sure that they get the money that is set aside for the old people in Kenya.

Speaking during a meeting that was held  in Muthaara Tigania east, the elders said that since the government unveiled this plan, they have never received any single coin from the kitty.

They also said that their attempts to visit their District Commissioner’s office to settle out this issue have been a futile since it has never borne any fruits.

“We have been making journeys to and fro the DC’s offices but we have never gotten any results from him. When we went there lastly, we found out that only 21 elders out of the possible 3,500 elders who have attained sixty years and above have gotten this money, “said one of the elders who declined to be named.

He said that earlier on, the DC alleged that the number of elders who were paid was 23 in the entire district but they came to learn that they were 21 since two of the names in the list were repeated.

The elders jointly asked the minster for gender honorable Esther Murugi to intervene and see to it that they received these payments as other old people does all over the country.

They wondered whether the government was taking them as non-citizens since they had stayed for long crying for this money which has never been given to them.

They also asked their district commissioner and their local chiefs to make sure that they made a follow-up to this since they were too old to do anything beneficial to them and that this money if given would help them a great deal.

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