The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: NGO Denies Influencing the Elderly On How to Vote

An NGO has dismissed claims it is influencing the elderly persons on how to vote in the general election. Purity Elderly Care Foundation executive director Joyce Kairu said the allegations by politicians in Nyeri are baseless.

"Being accused of influencing the elderly on how they will vote will deny us direct and regular support from well-wishers and supporters who provide medical assistance, food, firewood and other basic necessities we solicit to assist the aged lead a dignified life," Kairu said in a press statement.

She said the allegations are meant to divert attention from the vulnerability of the elderly during the campaigns for Marcg 4 elections. Kairu said her organisation will work with any leader who will be elected by the people.

"I wish to state categorically that I'm not using the organisation in any way to influence, intimidate or abuse the constitutional right of vulnerable elderly persons in society," She said.

PECF takes care of vulnerable and abandoned senior citizens in their homes or at homes for the aged by providing them with basic needs such as food, shelter and medication through contributions solicited from well wishers.

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