Irene Githinji @gitshee
The government has disbursed Sh1.67 billion under the cash transfer to senior citizens aged 70 and above under the Inua Jamii programme.
Documents released by State Department of Social Protection, Pensions and Senior Citizens have shown that the money will be paid to 411,013 beneficiaries, who opened their bank accounts last month, with each beneficiary expected to receive Sh4,000 .
Further disbursements will be made to cover the rest of the months until June under the Sh6.5 billion allocated in this financial year’s budget.
To this end, the government intends to pay all the 523,129 senior citizens who registered under the progamme last year. However, at least 100,000 of them are yet to open their accounts into which the money will be wired.
Statistics indicate that the total percent of persons registered countrywide for the Inua jamii programme stands at 82 per cent and by counties Kericho is leading with 95.6 per cent followed by Bungoma with 94.6 per cent then Kakamega with 91.3 per cent and Bomet has 90.9 per cent.
Kisumu has recorded 85.2 per cent enrolment, Kiambu has 80.7 per cent, Nakuru has 79.3 per cent while Nairobi has registered 73.8 per cent.
Wajir has the least enrolment at 54.4 per cent, Garissa with 57.9 perc ent, Mandera has 60.5 per cent while Mombasa has 62.4 per cent.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the national payment programme in Meru last week saying it will ensure senior citizens, live in dignity and that they are able to afford some level of financial independence.
“This programme will ensure that our senior citizens get a Sh4,000 stipend, every two months, to live a dignified a respectable life,” he said.
The President last year announced expansion of the existing Older Persons Cash Transfer programme into a more inclusive programme that provides cash transfers to elderly persons that was to start at the beginning 2018.