Senator Monga're faults Ruto over cash for the aged remark

Nyamira Senator Kennedy Okong'o Mong'are has criticised Deputy President William Ruto over his recent  remarks alluding that the monthly stipend for the elderly persons had been increased.

The DP while in Kisii County last week during celebrations to mark the International Day of Older Persons said the number of elderly people benefitting from the programme had risen from 60,000 in 2013 to 324,000 this year.

He said there are plans to increase the figure and in this financial year, the government will spend Sh7.3 billion under the programme.

But Senator Mong'are said Saturday the Gusii region has over 100,000 people aged over 65 years but very few of them were getting the support. 

"You can’t purport to care for the elderly in Kenya yet the largest population of this class is suffering in the villages," Monga're said as quoted by the Daily Nation

He said Ruto should not use the cash transfer programme to woo the Gusii vote for Jubilee ahead of the August 2017 elections. 

Mong'are also wants the government to address the issue of 2007-08  internally displaced  persons saying they are yet to be compensated.

 He said the  Gusii region can only support President Uhuru's re-election if the victims are fully compensated.

 “We are keenly watching and waiting to see how the Jubilee government treats our internally displaced persons (IDPs). How they are treated will determine our vote for or against this regime,” added Monga're.

He made the remarks at Nyamira Catholic Church during the ordination ceremony of Father Benjamin Avoga.

The Senator gave the Jubilee administration until December this year to address the IDPs issue failure to which UhuRuto should forget the Gusii vote. 

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