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Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 10:36 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Young people from Kangundo and Matungulu sub counties have been urged to help take care of the elderly instead of taking the little resources these vulnerable groups have. Bishop Peter Hunjah, the presiding Bishop of the Global Springs of Life Ministries,said there are widespread reports that young people take money and other possessions from the elderly in the region.
There have been reports that administrators of a limited government Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme demand gifts from recipients by threatening to remove those who do not comply from the list. The transfer of Sh2,000 per month caters for seniors aged 65 and above selected on the basis of extreme need. The Bishop asked the people in charge of the funds to be fair in selecting the beneficiaries and to avoid corruption in the administration of the funds.
Speaking at Tala Town yesterday when he donated packets of Unga to the elderly, the needy and the physically as well as the mentally challenged, Bishop Hunjah said that, since the elderly were there before the present generation and took care of our needs at their prime, they deserve to be well taken care of and appreciated by the younger generation.
He stated that his main reason for reaching out was to make the elderly people know that the church appreciates them. "These are the people who have made us who we are and we need to stand by them," the Bishop said, referring to the old as "golden boys and girls."
The Bishop donated bags of flour at the Global Elderly Vision offices where he also challenged young people working away from their ancestral homes to come back and help their old relatives, stating that these young men marry and live in towns with their wives deserting their elderly parents to languish in poverty.
He said the absence of young people from the countryside had left many elderly people destitute, with negative consequences for societal amity. Making reference to a recent rape case of a mentally and physically challenged girl who was locked up in a house by her relatives, the bishop urged the residents to bring such people out so that they can get help.
The bishop, whose church is engaged in community welfare initiatives, also clarified that he was not interested in any elective position as some residents had been alleging recently. He said he was contented being a man of the cloth and called on wellwishers to come out and help boost the Global Elderly Vision to be able to reach out to the elderly and other needy people in the villages.
The function was attended also by the wife of Hon. Katatha Maweu, MP for Kangundo.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.