As the country prepares for the extension of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) consultations, a group of elderly Kenyans has joined in the conversation with their own demands.
The joint BBI document initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga has been launched, but it is still open for review early next year.
The older Kenyans are feeling left out in BBI and hope that as round two begins, they will be given a chance to make their contributions.
The more than 200 older people spoke in Dagoretti, Nairobi County when they came together from various groupings for an early Christmas celebration.
“We have been forgotten and it seems no one is keen to answer our cry. Uhuru, and Raila, we need your help in BBI and God will bless you,” a grandmother said.
Though the government has been giving the elderly people Ksh2000 every month, they say it is too little to cater for their growing needs.
Public Service Governance founder Esther Waringa, whose organisation looks at problems affecting the elderly, said BBI must have a workable plan for the country.
“BBI has not addressed these people in any way. As the document goes to the next level, we need to have a full proposal on old people before implementation.”
“We have watched our MPs take millions home every month, but you only give Ksh2,000 to your parent?” Waringa posed.
The old have requested for a special card to enable them to access services at no cost.
“We would like to have a card so that when want something, we produce it and do not have to pay for services. That would be better rather than getting the Ksh2,000,” an elderly man said.
They also complained about the economic difficulties affecting their access to necessities.