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Cash transfer beneficiaries urged to open new bank accounts

Beneficiaries of the National Government Inua Jamii Cash Transfer programme in Kakamega have been urged to open new bank accounts in the ongoing exercise before the end of April 2022.

The County Coordinator for Social Development Services, Dominic Oyaya, said they expect over 32 000 Older Persons who are aged 70 years and above and over 1000 persons with severe disabilities to present themselves physically to banks for account opening before the lapse of the period.

Speaking to KNA at his office, Oyaya said by May 01, 2022 those who will not have registered will be counted as having exited from the system and will not access funds.

“The account opening is a continuous process which started early November this year and beneficiaries have up to six months to do so,” he added.

He said the exercise is free of charge with the beneficiaries required to visit sub county offices with their National Identity Cards (IDs) or the programme card where they will be issued with a letter of introduction by Social Development Officers.

“The beneficiaries are supposed to visit any of the banks participating in the programme with a letter of introduction for account opening,” he said.

The Banks which are participating in the programme are Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Equity Bank and Post bank whose contracts were renewed.

National Bank of Kenya and the Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) have also joined the list of banks through which beneficiaries will get their monies.

Oyaya urged the beneficiaries to choose a bank of their choice from the list without being influenced by any person.

He noted that the department is also taking advantage of the new account opening to remove those who are deceased and plan for replacement or registration of new beneficiaries.

“This will also enable the government to capture those who were erroneously removed from the system on account that they are deceased yet they are still alive,” he noted.

By Moses Wekesa and Cynthia Kerubo

 

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