The chairman of Nakuru Town Retirees Association Peter Kimani has appealed to the county government to consider exempting them from paying land rates because many fear they might lose as they can’t afford the rates.
The chairman, while supporting the recent elevation of the town to the city status said majority of retirees face serious challenges, including illnesses in old age and added that they needed all the help they can get and not harassments.
He noted that a number of them own single houses where they live with their spouses and others with grown-up children and grandchildren, because of prevailing unemployment, and their meagre earnings were already overstretched.
Kimani said there was need for counties to make the lives of retirees worthwhile by granting them various waivers since their period of increasing their incomes was curtailed due to old age.
In addition, he appealed to the counties to consider creating recreational facilities to enable the senior citizens to take walks and exercise in safe environments.
Speaking today during a press conference in Nakuru town, he said chances of retirees relocating to their rural homes were minimal since they had established themselves in the towns.
He commended the Nakuru County government for the ongoing renovation of the Nyayo Gardens Park and appealed for free access for their members.