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Government explains Inua Jamii funding delay after complaints from the elderly

Government explains why Inua Jamii funding has been delayed after complaints from the elderly and the vulnerable.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore, on Saturday, December 17, revealed that the government was planning to resume disbursement of the Inua Jamii fund.

Bore noted that the project was hindered by insufficient financing while speaking at Rebecca Miano’s homecoming ceremony for the East African Community Cabinet Secretary.

“The disbursement of the Inua Jamii program monies has been delayed for the last six months because of limited resources.

“However, we will be seeking to resolve that through the supplementary budget where we will clear all the arrears,” she remarked.

Bore spoke at the invitation of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who asked her to address the issue which sparked a nationwide uproar. 

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The Labour CS also disclosed to the public that her ministry was reviewing over 400,000 new program applications and would only pay individuals above the age of 70.

Since President William Ruto took office, the elderly have voiced their displeasure with the ambiguity surrounding the distribution of funds.

Over one million recipients of the Inua Jamii Fund program have been waiting over six months to receive the Ksh. 2,000 monthly stipend provided by the government to help the elderly and the most vulnerable members of society.

The initiative focuses on elderly people, severely disabled people, vulnerable children, and orphans.

For two payment cycles, recipients of the Inua Jamii programme get between Ksh3,000 and Ksh6,000.

Beneficiaries’ information is sent to county teams, who inform and arrange for the elderly to pick up their checks at their designated pay locations.

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