The 500 Nyeri women who entertained President Uhuru Kenyatta on Madaraka Day have been paid Sh3.5 million after State House intervened. The women, some of whom are as old as 70, spent the night at IFAD Hall near Central regional commissioner Ann Ng’etich’s home.
They sang four Kikuyu traditional songs in a mass choir but were not paid. So they camped at the hall, where Uhuru had earlier lunched after the celebrations in Kabiruini grounds. After some quick intervention, they were each given Sh1,000, but they refused to go home.
Clad in white T-shirts and black skirt, the women said they could not accept peanuts after spending many days rehearsing for the big day.
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