Elderly persons in Nyandarua County are set to benefit from a comprehensive medical scheme and a social welfare intervention to be implemented under the Nyandarua care programme.
Speaking on Sunday during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Tumaini Primary School in Ol’Kalou Sub-County, the Nyandarua Governor, Francis Kimemia said that he would work with the County Assembly to see that all senior citizens benefitted under the programme.
“I have proposed to the county government that we conduct a head count on persons above the age of 80 and have their names down so that we can plan on how to regularly offer kitties,” said the governor noting that most elderly people were living in abject poverty.
The Governor at the same time hailed the role of the country’s freedom struggle heroes and heroines noting that their sacrifices were the foundation of the successes enjoyed across the nation today.
The county boss noted that his administration would continue to support all efforts geared towards uplifting and improving the lives of County residents in order to fulfil the dreams of the freedom fighters.
“The foundation of Mashujaa Day is the celebration of the great men and women who patriotically put their lives in line for this country.
“These men and women were fighting not just for independence to hoist a flag, but for socio-economic, political and civic liberties to exploit the potentials of their land for their benefit, and that of generations after,” noted Kimemia.
The Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome affirmed their Assembly’s commitment to supporting the war veterans and called upon leaders to protect the independence we are enjoying.
“We are lucky that these old men and women secured the freedom we are celebrating today and it’s upon us as leaders to bring economic freedom to Kenyans,” said Ndegwa.
The speaker added that they would soon implement a bill under the heroes’ law that would see all freedom fighters in the county pocket something.
He noted that the law would also recognize those still doing good even after securing independence.
By Charles Njoroge/Jesse Mwitwa