Uhuru angers Kenyans after visiting the elderly in Kisii

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Kisii County today

President Uhuru Kenyatta while in Kisii

The elderly couple who are under the government cash transfer program were the first ones to feel the experience of how the initiative is helping the elderly in the society.

The kind act of the President did not sink well with a section of Kenyans who rushed to social media to water down his acts.

One  Elizabeth Akinyi  has this to say ;”It’s too late don't think kisii residents are fools go and play ur politics to ur people who enjoyed our nys money and amina Mohammed yu wasted a lot on her eti unamcampainia apate job”

Another Kenyan Sisuma Edwin"Everything Uhuru does right now is hypocritical,politically instigated and shouldn't be taken seriously and something to depend on the coming four years.The year you as a person will make independent decision concerning on what you have experienced four years is on 8th August,remember you have a debt of 4 trillion that has to paid by these who are going to insult for putting things plainly.

But others were pleased with the President humble act of visting the Elderly and they decided to applause him.

Eric Muriithi I can't describe you in words but you are a blessed leader ..the fruits can be seen and heard wherever you go...the win is your portion sir. . tuko pamoja

“ Asante Bwana Rais .tafadhari Hilo 70yrs punguza ikuje 50yrs sababu 70yrs meno hakuna ya kutafuna nyama labda kukunywa supu.2017 -2022 uhuru”

The President sat down with Mr and Mrs Alfred Bosire Matundura at their home in Masimba, Kisii County.

They explained to him how the monthly cash aid they receive from Government has changed their lives and has given them dignity.

"It is about handing control of our lives back to us," Matundura said.

"This means we don't have to rely handouts from our children or other relatives to survive," he told the President.

President Kenyatta said he agrees that the Inua Jamii programme has given the elderly dignity and that is one of the reasons he wants it expanded to cover more elders.

He said all elders above the age of 70 will now qualify for the cash transfers.

“From next year, everyone over the age of 70 will be enrolled under the programme to protect their dignity and so they can be in control of their lives” said the President.

In 2016, the Government distributed Sh583.4 million to 24,312 elderly people under the Inua Jamii programme in Kisii County alone. In Nyamira, the Government distributed Sh178.8 million to 8,461 elderly people.

Cash transfer beneficiaries have more than tripled to 810,000 since the President took office four years ago. Total spend on the programme stood at Sh19.8 billion in the 2016/17 financial year.

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