The Star (Nairobi)

17 February 2014

Kenya: NGO Roots for Jigger Victims' Pay

AHADI Kenya Trust ambassador Cecilia Mwangi wants the elderly people infested with jiggers given a priority in the cash transfer programme for the elderly. Speaking on Saturday in Uasin Gishu county when the Trust took its anti-jigger campaign to Kiambaa, Mwangi said poverty is one of the causes of jiggers.

"We want the government to give priority to those infested with jiggers. They should be aided financially to improve their livelihoods,"she said.

The Sh12 billion cash transfer programme for elderly,orphans and vulnerable was launched two weeks ago by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The funds allocated to social safety program are meant to benefit about 500,000 elderly people,orphaned and vulnerable in a bid to alleviate poverty in the country.

She wondered why many elderly people especially those affected by jiggers continue to suffer and there were money for them.

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