From left Laikipia East MP Mutahi Kimaru, area NG-CDF chairman Newton Kabuthia and Nanyuki ward NG-CDF representative handing over cheques to students of Nanyuki Boys’ High School.
The state should introduce a kitty for men, just like the Youth and Women’s funds, to finance projects and improve their lives, an MP has said.
This follows the success of funds for women, youth and people living with disability.
Laikipia East MP Mutahi Kimaru said the government should now consider men, as they have been left behind in development.
“Men are now becoming an endangered species … their state is deteriorating each day, especially in the rural areas,” he said.
Kimaru spoke in Nanyuki town during the issuance of Sh5.5 million Uwezo Fund cheques to 66 groups in the constituency.
He and National Government CDF chairman Newton Kabuthia also issued Sh38.5 million cheques for bursaries, scholarships and development projects.
Kimaru reminded beneficiaries that the Uwezo Fund is a soft loan that should be repaid so other groups can benefit.
The legislator said the Uwezo, Youth Enterprise Development, and Women Enterprise funds have had a positive impact on society by helping vulnerable groups to develop, but men have not benefitted.
The Fund constituency chairperson Josephine Ndung’u urged the groups to obey kitty rules so they are not at loggerheads with the government.
She said some beneficiaries of the previous year have not paid back the loans and she urged them to do so before time elapses.