By Kitengela Biznet Reporter
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and other leaders have asked the government to give village elders’ monthly stipend.
Lenku said at a public forum in Kajiado yesterday that the elders act as shadow administrators, linking residents with the government.
“They help resolve disputes, fight female genital cutting and address security concerns yet a majority live a squalor life,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko and her Kajiado Central Counterpart Elijah Memusi. Ms Tobiko said the National Assembly deliberated on village elders’ stipend proposals in March last year but nothing has come out of the motion brought to the House by Tharaka MP George Murugara.
“Elders should not be allowed to become beggars if they have to continually serve locals with diligence. Majority of villagers rely on chiefs and their assistants for fare and other services. The government should not focus on the administrators while doing nothing to improve the lives of our elders,” the Kajiado East lawmaker told the gathering.