Trans Nzoia: Elderly squatters hit by economic hardship

The chairman of the Kiboroa Squatters alliance Moses Masinde (center) converses with members outside the lobby group’s offices in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

A squatters’ lobby group based in Trans Nzoia County has called on the national government to address the plight of its elderly members who have been left out on the cash transfer programme.

The chairman of the Kiboroa Squatters alliance Moses Masinde said elderly members within the group have been hit hard with the economic slowdown brought about the Covid 19 containment measures.

“We have a large number of elders who are suffering since they have never been captured in the cash transfer programme. We want a quick solution to bail them out,” said Mr. Masinde.

He called on the area county commissioner Samson Ojwang to initiate a plan that will ensure all elders who are not enlisted to receive the monthly stipend are profiled to assist them meet their basic needs.

“For those who are enlisted, it’s still a challenge to travel to Kitale town to receive their payment owing to their old age and the directive to stay home. They require an alternative plan,” said Mr. Masinde.

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Most of the squatters depend on casual jobs on large farms to make ends meet but this has been a challenge owing to Covid 19 containment measures that have seen most firms reduce workforce.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that his administration had rolled out a program to help the needy households in the country who have been adversely affected by the effects of the Corona virus pandemic.

The Kiboroa squatters Alliance group champions for the compensation of the 1987 Kiboroa forest evictees who have been calling on the government to settle them alleging their were illegally displaced.

“We are in the meantime still calling on the president to ensure historical land injustices are addressed to ensure those who lost their lands are compensated. All they are calling for is justice,” said Mr. Masinde.