- Let us build a culture of constant checking on our elderly people in society and taking care of their needs.
- In July, PS Social Protection Joseph Motari said the government intends to add 500,000 more elderly and vulnerable Kenyans gradually into a cash transfer programme.
First Lady Rachel Ruto has urged legislators at both national and county assemblies to enact policies that support the elderly.
Mama Rachel said robust policies are crucial to ensuring the well-being of the elderly.
"Let us build a culture of constant checking on our elderly people in society and taking care of their needs," she added.
In a speech read by Julius Suubi, an advisor in the First Lady's office, the First Lady said it's the responsibility of all to ensure elderly ones enjoy their human rights.
Suubi represented the First Lady at the International Day for Older People at Segera mission grounds in Laikipia County.
The First Lady noted that older people face challenges like poverty, elder abuse, discrimination, limited access to opportunities and lack of employment.
The First Lady called on Kenyans to develop a culture of taking care of the elderly in society.
"During the short rains, let us establish a fruit garden for the older persons," she observed.
She urged families to ensure their families have their contributions to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
In July, Principal Secretary of Social Protection Joseph Motari said their focus was on those at the bottom of the pyramid as envisioned in the government plan.
Motari said the government intends to add 500,000 more elderly and vulnerable Kenyans gradually into the cash transfer programme from August who have attained age 70 and above.
"We are handling elderly who are 70 years and above. These are vulnerable people; those people who cannot manage and those who do not earn a pension in whichever manner this is their pension," he said.
"There is natural attrition that is why we have over a million. This is why we intend to have 500,000 more Kenyans that we are adding," Motari said.
Motari said that the Inua Jamii cash transfer fund is Sh16.7 billion and the state has since paid Sh8 billion in the first batch whereas the second batch had already begun.