Welfare society launched in Kenya to empower community

EVANS KANINI By EVANS KANINI, 17th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Organization to tackle problems affecting the Kalenjin community


A Kenyan organization dubbed, "The Kalenjin Welfare Society", was revived at the weekend by its officials awaiting the official launch in this East African nation soon.

The main launch will take place next month in Eldoret town, located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya.

The society, moribund for quite sometime, was revived during a meeting chaired by former Kenyan State House Comptroller Abraham Kiptanui, at a Nairobi hotel.

Its revival preceded a series of meetings of members of the Kalenjin community during which the acting chairman of the society Simion Ngeny, underscored the dire need of forming the society.

Among the objectives of the society is to offer economic empowerment to the community, according to the officials.


During earlier marathon meetings, it dawned on the members that the society was already registered.

What remained was the handing over of the certificate by former office bearers to new officials.

At the meeting chaired by Kiptanui, the latter stressed the importance of unity amongst the community members.

Kiptanui emphasized that the members would go down to the grassroots to recruit members.

At the same time, the members unanimously endorsed him as the society's patron.


Addressing the hushed gathering, a concerned Kiptanui asserted that it was high time the organization was led by young, energetic men to take it to the next level.

The meeting was attended by over 100 enthusiastic members led by Ngeny, acting chairman.

The members showered praises on Kiptanui for having secured registration of the society, and agreeing to hand it over to the younger generation.

They described him as an astute entrepreneur and leading farmer whose shining example was an inspiration to many.

Among members present were: Kiprono Melly, Josiah Tarus, Erick Rotich, Selina Maina, Salina Chepkorir, Kiptalam Busienei, Thomas Rere, Zachariah Ngetich, Paul Sigei and Ezekiel Toroitich.

The society will venture into property investment, horticulture and transport industry.

In his address, Ngeny exhorted the Kalenjin community to register en mass with the society.


"I also call upon Kalenjin leaders to wholeheartedly support the society to enable it scale giddy heights in development for the good of the community", said Ngeny.


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Kenya has been always a model in Africa for Democracy and economy. In contrat to its neighbors like Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia ruled by warlords and dictators.

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author avatar EVANS KANINI
19th Apr 2014 (#)

Yes, precisely. That is the case. The idea is to strengthen democratic institutions so that the spirit grows. African nations should enhance democracy to build a stronger and united continent. Thank you for your comments.

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