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Government cash transfer program working for poor families

The  Garissa County Commissioner, Dr. Joshua Chepchieng speaking during a workshop to review the government’s Chakula Kwa Jamii cash transfer programme at a Kilifi hotel on Thursday October 11, 2018. Photo  by KNA.

The  Garrisa County Commissioner (CC), Dr. Joshua Chepchieng has lauded the government’s Chakula kwa Jamii cash transfer program where identified families were given Sh.3, 000 per month to cover three months instead of food rations, adding that the families could now purchase what they needed most at the time of hunger.

Chepchieng  observed that the previous program where food was distributed to families had a lot of challenges.

“Politicians used the food for own selfish advancement while families waited hours on end,” he said, noting that this was dehumanizing.

The  CC  made the remarks  on Thursday during the closing of a workshop at a Kilifi hotel, to review success and failures of the program, implemented for the first time during last year’s devastating drought.

The program was managed by world Food Program (WFP) in conjunction with County Commissioners.

The  Devolution Principal Secretary, Charles  Sunkuli  while closing the workshop said the government will scale up the program as it is easy to account.

“Previously food would be sold by those entrusted to distribute, but with cash, accountability is easier,” said the PS.

He added that the cash transfer has reduced the logistical problems that go with transportation of solid food.

Sunkuli  said the government will continue to engage with WFP in the management of cash transfers.

By  Benedict  Wasiche

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