Elderly urged to register for cash transfer programme

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East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Hon. Phyllis Kandie
East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Hon. Phyllis Kandie

Over Kshs 7.4 billion has been set aside this financial year for the Inua Jamii project, a programme that benefits the elderly in society, under the Labour Ministry, which is currently supporting 310,000 beneficiary households nationally. “An enhanced registration of the older persons cash transfer programme started on 3rd July 2017 and will run until 30th August 2017,” said Labour CS Phyllis Kandie while addressing the press.

She also added that the aim of the programme is to enhance income, security, and improve livelihoods among older persons aged 70 years and above.

Ms Kandie urged the people to register to meet the target of 500,000 adding that the registration is still ongoing at all County and Sub County Social Development offices country wide.

Inua Jamii Older Persons Cash Transfer programme is being commissioned by Cabinet Secretaries and principal secretaries in 35 Counties and Sub Counties across the country.

The Counties include Bungoma, Kakamega, Busia, Murabga, Kiambu, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Isiolo, Mandera, Garissa, Mandera, Kabarnet, Kericho, Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Migori, Kajiado, Narok, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Turkana, Laikipia, Kirinyga, West Pokot, Marsabit and Moyale.

The programme started in 2008 and great milestones have been achieved since its inception.

“The impact of the cash transfers is clearly seen through improved livelihoods of beneficiaries and an enhanced sense of dignity amongst them,” said Kandie.