Kshs 8 billion released by government for cash transfer programmes

Social Protection PS Nelson Marwa addressing the press
Social Protection PS Nelson Marwa addressing the press

The Government has released Kshs 8.74 billion under the Inua Jamii program, with over 1 million vulnerable Kenyans enrolled under the cash transfer programs set to receive the payments. The payments will commence on Monday 18th November, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.

1,092,195 people are set to benefit from the programme including old persons, orphans and vulnerable children. The amount will cover the payment cycles of July/August and September/October, with each beneficiary receiving Kshs 8,000.

“We have cleaned up the payroll and are sure that only genuine members are benefiting under the scheme…in the new payment model, beneficiaries and caregivers can access their funds within six months after the money is credited into their accounts,” said Social Protection Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa, while speaking to the press on Friday.

Co-operative Bank, Equity Bank Ltd, KCB Bank and Post Bank have been listed to facilitate payment services to beneficiaries. Inua Jamii identity card and Identity cards will be used in the transaction process as for those transacting for the first time will transact biometrically. “The new system is expected to be efficient to enable beneficiaries of the programme to receive their stipend through bank accounts only,” Marwa said.

He said beneficiaries or caregivers can collect money from nearest authorized bank agents or banks where they opened their accounts, over the counter of the nearest bank branch they opened their account in, the nearest ATM using their Inua Jamii card or through cash on transit as will be arranged between officers and branch managers on the field.

Written by Elias Wekesa