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Tana River elderly persons decry delayed payments

Beneficiaries  of the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Programme for elderly persons in Tana River  County have complained over delayed in their monthly stipends payments.

Speaking to KNA in Hola Town on Tuesday, some of the elders said they had not received their pay for the last seven months.

Their  spokesperson, John Kela said, “This money helps us to among other things handle medical expenses but we wonder  why we have not been receiving the funds for more than six months,”

He  claimed that their complaints to relevant authorities in the county had landed on deaf ears.

Each  of  the beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme in the country gets Sh.2, 000 monthly, spread out every two  months.

Contacted  for comment, the Tana River Social Development Coordinator, George  Galana  said only the March-April and May-June payouts had delayed and beneficiaries are set to start receiving their money this week.

“Each  of  the beneficiaries  will now get Sh.8, 000, covering four months, from Thursday, June 27 through their respective bank accounts,” he said, adding, “The payment is for four months for those who collect their stipends regularly.

He  clarified that some beneficiaries who missed their stipends in the September to February cycle and whose accounts had been updated by May 18 would receive their funds in arrears.

“Only  beneficiaries whose accounts had fully been submitted by our payment service providers (banks) to the consolidated cash transfer programme by May 18 this year are on the payroll.

“Those  whose accounts were submitted after this date will be paid in the July-August payment cycle,” he said.

He  advised those with personal complaints to visit his office for assistance.

By  Maryam Dado/Emmanuel Masha

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