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Elderly, poor get cash transfer boost

03 February 2014, 15:40

Nairobi - Vulnerable groups, mostly the elderly, will benefit from the government’s monthly cash transfer scheme President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to launch later this week.

The programme, which was mooted in 2007, is set to target people who cannot cater for their basic needs.

These include persons with severe disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children.

The programme, which will see the beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend of KES 2,000, will be launched in Murang'a.

“We were given KES 12 billion for cash transfers and we have funds for the orphans, the elderly and the urban food services,” said the Cabinet Secretary for Labor, Kazungu Kambi. 

He added that the Ministry had criteria to clearly find the targeted groups in order to avoid giving cash transfers to undeserving people.

He said the programme would be extended later in the year to benefit 164,000 people who are above the age of 65 years.

The cash transfer programme to the vulnerable and the old is one of the humanitarian programs instituted by the government targeting the poor.

Others are the free maternal health for the vulnerable through the Ministry of Health.

An initiative by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning is feeding millions of starving populations.

The initiative to launch a monthly cash transfer to the elderly fulfills the World Health Organization’s recommendation calling on the government to initiate the establishment of healthcare policies and structures that ensured the protection of the rights of all citizens while being especially sensitive to the rights of the older persons and other vulnerable sections of the community.

– CAJ News


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