A Kisii elderly couple was yesterday the surprise host of President Uhuru Kenyatta in their home at Masimba. Uhuru made the stop at Mr and Mrs Bosire Matundura’s home where he sat to hear first-hand how the government’s cash transfer programme for the elderly is helping them.
The delighted octogenarian told the Head of State the monthly cash aid had given them back dignity because they no longer have to beg for handouts from relatives.
“It is about handing control of our lives back to us, which means we don’t have to rely on handouts from our children or other relatives to survive,” Matundura told Uhuru as his village mates gathered in the homestead cheering the President with song and dance in praise of the programme.
Uhuru said he wants to expand the Inua Jamii programme to cover more elderly people with anyone above the age of 70 qualifying for the cash aid.
In 2016, the government distributed Sh583.4 million to 24,312 elderly people under the programme in Kisii county alone. In Nyamira, the government distributed Sh178.8 million to 8,461 elderly people.
Beneficiaries have more than tripled to 810,000 since Uhuru took office four years ago with total spent on the programme standing at Sh19.8 billion in the 2016/17 financial year.
The President also said the government will expand the free maternity programme to give free insurance cover for one year through the National Insurance Hospital Fund (NHIF) to every new mother.