An elderly man from Tharaka Nithi county who has spent more than 15 years in the cold has a reason to smile after sympathetic neighbours built him a small house to shelter him from rain and cold associated with his home close to the Mt. Kenya forest.
Anderson Muchunku from Migari village, Mitheru Ward in Maara Sub-county has been sleeping beside a rock after squandering all the proceeds he received from an employer who had employed him as a casual labourer.
His former employer had promised to build for him a shelter with the proceeds of his labour work but Muchunku renegeded and asked for cash which he squandered on drinking sprees as soon as he left employment.
One of his two brothers Lawrence Ntwiga said he had always wished to construct a shelter for him but was constrained by finances.
“My meagre earnings from my employment as a casual labourer in Kirinyaga were not sufficient to build him a shelter and I am very grateful to our neighbours for their philanthropic action that saved my brother from the dangers of rain and cold,” said Ntwiga.
Adiel Mbae, the area manager of his village said Muchunku has been covering himself with old clothes and a polythene paper to cover himself from the rains during wet seasons.
Alfred Nyaga, a Community Health Volunteer (CHV) has requested well-wishers to intervene and assist the elderly man with other basic needs like food to help him survive since he is a bachelor.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Karimba Location Acting Chief Edward Ndwiga who hailed the neighbours and called on others in the location to emulate this noble cause of extending a helping hand even before seeking for government intervention.