Gov’t to review Inua Jamii programme

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The Labor and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani has said the government is discussing with development partners, with a view to increasing the allocation of cash transfer funds to the elderly.

Yattani who spoke during the national launch of migration of regular beneficiaries, of the Inua Jamii programme to the new payment model, at the Maasai Technical Training Institute in Kajiado said the need is justified by the increasing population and the poverty levels in the country.

He said currently the government is supporting 1.3 million households under the program.

He noted that 27 billion shillings allocated this financial year was not enough.

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On his part, Labor Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa urged banking institutions to support the elderly who seek their services considering their advanced age.

Marwa directed Social services and children’s departments in all sub counties to liaise with chiefs in their areas of jurisdiction with a view to identifying cases where elders cannot travel to financial institutions to collect their monthly stipend.

The migration programme kicked off Wednesday in eight counties and will continue until December 22nd.

The counties include Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Narok, Baringo and Laikipia.

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By Kenyan Digest

The Kenyan Digest Team