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Decent home for octogenarian

Geoffrey Otundo prepares construction material for the house of his grandmother, Sabina Mong’ina who is aged 115 years. Photo by KNA.

An elderly woman aged 115 years who could not access government’s support dubbed ‘inua jammii’ after her grandchildren hid her vital documents from her now has a reason to smile after a well-wisher moved to build her a house and decent pit latrine.

A visit by KNA to Sabina Mong’ina’s home in Bokimweri village, Bobasi constituency, Kisii County revealed the ongoing construction was two weeks away from completion.

Charles Moturi Manyara who was overseeing the construction said the well-wisher, Yobesh Onchiri  was moved after seeing the news about the elderly woman in sections of the media and decided to build her a house.

Grandchild, Geoffrey Otundo applauded Onchiri for the gesture, saying it was now easier to give care to the octogenarian since the new house was built near his.

Otundo appealed to the national government to hasten in getting her stolen cash from the alleged culprits so that she could buy some basic necessities.

Assistant chief for Rise Sub location, Ruth Arasa said the grandchild who was found with the documents was summoned by the Sameta DCC, Mary Kamau and ordered to pay the over Sh.60, 000 that was illegally withdrawn from her bank account.

Arasa assured that once recovered, all her money would be used for the intended purpose, including purchase of food, medication and other basic necessities for her old age.

The Assistant Chief applauded the well-wisher and warned those with similar intentions of denying the vulnerable groups of their rights that the government would take stern action against them.

She noted that the family needed continuous food donations during the Covid-19 pandemic since her son was old and the grandchildren that took care of her did not have a stable source of income.

By  Clinton Nyamumbo/Jane Naitore

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