The National Government has started a registration process to open bank accounts for Consolidated Cash Transfer Programmes (CCTP) for the vulnerable groups after renewing contracts for four banks that have been supporting the process.
The countrywide exercise set to run for one month is aimed at opening and changing bank accounts for people with severe disabilities, the orphans and the old.
This comes after Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Co-operative Bank, Equity Bank and Post Bank contract elapsed and has been renewed, while Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) and National Bank have also been brought on board to allow beneficiaries to have varied choices.
According to Nandi Central Sub-County Social Development Officer, Benjamin Morogo, the eligibility criteria for Inua Jamii includes one being a Kenyan citizen from an extremely poor household, persons with severe disability, not enrolled in any other cash transfer program, households with older persons and households with no member receiving pension funds.
Speaking during the beginning of the exercise, Nandi Central Sub-County Children Officer, Patrick Akala Lumumba, said they have conducted a survey on ascertaining the eligibility of the beneficiaries to ensure that the relevant groups are registered.
“Inua Jamii is a government initiative that provides financial support to vulnerable groups who are unable to support themselves and their dependants. This is why we carried out an extensive survey to identify them in the society,” stated Lumumba.
At the same event, Nandi Central Deputy County Commissioner, Obed Mose, asked the bank officials to advise the clients cautiously to help them make an informed decision on choosing appropriate banks.
He further emphasized that they should determine the authenticity of persons by ensuring that all documents are provided to avoid partial payments and in any unclear case they should consult the social protection department for a way forward.
“Kindly take your time to guide the clients who will visit you seeking the Inua Jamii services, since they are the most vulnerable, they require your support to make informed decisions,” said Mose.
By Judith Jepleting