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Government releases Ksh 8.6B for Inua Jamii after an outcry from the elderly

Government releases Ksh 8.6B for Inua Jamii, disbursement to 1.1 million beneficiaries to start next week. 

According to Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore payments are expected to kick off on Monday, 9th January 2023.

’The funds have been credited to the accounts of the beneficiaries who will each receive Sh8,000 being payment for July- August 2022 and September- October 2022 payment cycles. Payment will begin on Monday, 9th January 2023,’’ Bore said.

In addition, the Ministry released Sh11.2 million for the complementary initiative Nutrition Improvement through Cash and Health Education (NICHE).

The NICHE initiative, which targets Inua Jamii and Hunger and Safety Net Program (HSNP) beneficiaries’ homes with children under two years old and pregnant women, is being implemented in five Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) counties: Kitui, Kilifi, Marsabit, Turkana, and West Pokot.

The payments will be through the Cooperative bank, Equity Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, National bank of Kenya, and Postbank.

The statement follows claims that the majority of Inua Jamii beneficiaries had not received their payments for a while, with some pointing fingers on the Kenya Kwanza government under President William Ruto.

Elderly and vulnerable Kenyans hit out at Ruto for “sabotaging” Uhuru’s project

Government explains Inua Jamii funding delay after complaints from the elderly

However, the Department of Social Protection defended itself by blaming the delay on the National Treasury.

With the intention of improving their lives, the Inua Jamii is a government cash transfer program that aids the most vulnerable people of the community by giving them some funds to protect them from starvation and poverty.

 The programme mainly targets the Elderly, Persons with severe disabilities, Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

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