The National Government is supporting 2,264 older persons alongside another 213 persons living with severe disability through the Inua Jamii cash transfer programme in Moyale and Sololo Sub-Counties of Marsabit County.
The cash transfer program targets any Kenyan citizen who registered under the program and is aged 70 years and above as well as people living with severe disability who have no income nor pension.
This was disclosed today by the Moyale Sub-County Coordinator for Social Development Pius Muthaura who said the program also benefits persons with severe disability regardless of their age whether adult or a child.
Muthaura said the national government has transferred a total of more than Sh19.8milion to their accounts where the beneficiaries or their caregivers can access and withdraw the money.
He said some of the beneficiaries who have breastfeeding children were also getting a top up of between Sh1, 000 and Sh2, 000 through the Nutrition Improvement through Cash and Health Education.
“That is why some of the beneficiaries are finding a difference in their accounts, some with Sh9, 000 or Sh10,000 while others are getting the normal Sh8,000 for the four months they have not been paid respectively,” he said.
Muthaura said the government recognizes and handles the old and the vulnerable with dignity and that is why it came up with the program of providing them with money for their up-keep and enable them to access drugs in case of sickness.
The coordinator however appealed to the beneficiaries to use the money for the intended purpose saying they should avoid mismanaging the money so that they live longer.
By Gatana Muchira