Government sets aside Sh1.2bn to pay village elders

The government will start paying allowances to village elders who are actively been involved in the fight against crimes and resolving disputes.

Already Sh1.2 billion has been set aside to pay the elders across the country, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has said.

He said the government decided to recognise the elders who have been playing a vital role in maintaining security in the expansive rural areas and arbitrating in land and family disputes.

“We have even written to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and very soon, the elders will start getting allowances to boost their morale,” said Dr Kibicho.

The PS was speaking at Kerugoya Catholic Church ground in Kirinyaga County.

“We shall give you a good package to enable you discharge your duties without problems,” he said.

He directed the county commissioner, Mr Erastus Ekidor, to ensure that elders who had attended the Thursday meeting he had convened for chiefs, police and senior administrators on security matters be given Sh1,000 each.

“The elders have been assisting in identifying criminal gangs, volunteering crucial security information to the police and resolving disputes, which can easily spark off violence and they must be awarded allowances on monthly basis,” said Dr Kibicho.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has invested more in security than any other regime since independence.

He said some Sh3.3 billion has also been used in facilitating chiefs and their assistants to do their work of maintaining security and fight brewing and consumption of illicit brews.

“For the first time in history, chiefs and their assistants have become Authority to Incur Expenditure (AIE) holders and they no longer ask residents to fuel their vehicles and motor cycles,” he said.

At the same time, the PS urged the youth to acquire national identity cards to enable them vote in the 2017 elections.

He called on the village elders and the chiefs to mobilise those who have attained the age of 18 to get identity cards.

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