By Michael Thumi
Lari: It was a relief for a group of more than 36 senior citizens from Matimbei village in Lari sub-county after receiving food donations from two aspirants in August elections.
The donation came as an appreciation to the elders after they responded to the call of voter registration process which was running across the country. They responded after a group of three led by Margret Mukami Ndungi went door to door urging people to be registered.
“We managed to have 36 new voters who registered while others were able to verify their details with I.E.B.C. After their positive response, then we thought its good we organize an event to appreciate their response to the calling,” said Mukami speaking on behalf of colleagues Peter Kinyanjui and Moses Karanja. She said that the youngest member of the elderly was 65 years old.
According to Kamburu ward M.C.A hopeful Lawrence Wathika Mburu, there will be similar event across the ward. “Old people are more often forgotten and passed by trending events and stories. When I heard this idea, I was delighted and I supported them. This is because old people have the right to vote their desired candidates, but some are unable to walk. They also rarely benefit from campaigning aspirants who meet people on the streets where they give money but today we are giving them food. This is not the end as I will cater for their transport during party nominations and general elections,” said Wathika.
Lari parliamentary aspirant Daniel George Ngugi who has made a new entry into Lari politics sent his donation and was represented by Beth Wambui and Doctor Francis Mbugua who trained them proper dieting.
“You should know that every age has its own diet and that’s why proper dieting is paramount. There are several foods and fruits that you need to enhance and sustain healthy brain cell in order to have good memory and avoid weak bones. There is also a need to have tissue degeneration process under control by eating vegetables like spinach, tomatoes and traditional foods like cassava and arrow roots. A good health is by choice but not chance,” said Mbugua.
Mr Mbugua is a lecturer at J.K.U.A.T and retired doctor who recently worked with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)