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Purko widows plea to govt

By Philip Tianda
A group of widows from across Kajiado County have urged the Government and other well wishers to come to their rescue.
The appeal was made by Joyce Mumeita, a pastor and leader of Oltalet Widow’s Initiative in Purko Kajiado Central sub-county during an event to mark Widows Day in Dalalekutuk recently.
Mumeita said the biggest problem they faced was poverty and land injustices. Mumeita who was accompanied by aspiring women representative Eve Merin, said political leaders and Government institutions should assist widows in Maasailand who were neglected.
She said many of the widows don’t even own land and are living as squatters after relatives have either grabbed their land or sold it without their knowledge.
“Many widows across Masailand have been struggling to meet their daily needs,” said Mumeita.
She said the Government should champion widows rights. Mumeita said a study done by a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kajiado West showed that in the county, more than one third of wives lost access to family land when their husbands died. “It is this dependency on men that leaves many Maasai women vulnerable,” she added.
According to the report which was compiled by the Kajiado land task force formed by Governor David Nkedianye to look into land injustices in 2014, the marginal nature of women’s land rights is a historical problem in Kajiado

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