Chuka university vice chancellor and who has announced to vie for the county’s top job blasted the Njuki led government for deliberately ignoring the elderly in the community leaving them in deplorable state of life.
Speaking at Kaarani village in Marimanti ward Tharaka South Sub County when he had paid a visit to Mzee Johnston Mutegi who is living in a deplorable open structure, Njoka said it’s a shameful thing if the government can fail to take care of such category of people despite their critical role in the society.
“If we cannot afford to take care of the parents who have taken care of us and who have played a great role to put us where we are as a nation, we stand being cursed. We should therefore endeavor to ensure they are living in a comfortable environment for them to feel appreciated,’’ Njoka said.
To achieve this, Njoka says the county should put aside funds when drafting their expenditure budget to include the needs for the aged in the community since they are worth it.
“let the county government include the aged when they are making budget so that they live a more comfortable lives and for the progress of the county considering their status in the society,’’ he proposed.
The Njuki led Tharaka Nithi county government has in the recent past rolled out a Sh 60 million NHIF program to benefit about 20,000 vulnerable households in the county but up to now there has been no impact realized from the same despite the hype of the project.