Cancer survivor denies claims of defrauding Kenyans abroad
A week after a section of Nyamira county residents went viral on social media accusing a cancer survivor of enriching herself by stage-managing persons believed to be victims of the disease to solicit money from Kenyans abroad, the survivor has come out strongly to defend her activities.
Nyamira residents of social media had sent pictures warning people against being ‘used’ to act as cancer victims allowing the accused to take photos with ‘victims’ putting on red ribbons to indicate they were battling cancer.
However, Rose Nyakona, a cancer survivor who has been rallying against the menace in collaboration with Kenyans in the US told off her critics and urged them to join the campaign dubbed ‘second chance’.
Mrs Nyakona said some ‘powerful’ forces were behind her woes by politicising the operations across the county.
“It is trivial for some people to politicise a campaign to sensitise people about cancer. I have been a victim and I know what they go through, it is not something to joke about. I call upon them to join the operation to give our cancer victims a second chance. Let them not be used by powerful politicians to hinder these humanitarian activities,” she appealed.
She lauded Kenyans abroad for their continued support of the movement and urged the county government to partner with the ‘second chance’ group to save many victims who were suffering from the killer disease across the county.
“We have many cancer patients in our country, some of them cannot afford medication. Kenyans abroad are doing a fantastic job and I believe the county government will join me and other like minded Kenyans to fight cancer,” she said.