The much anticipated validation and enrollment of older persons cash transfer programme failed to kickoff in Nyeri following a technical hitch.
The Social Development office failed to receive the electronic register for the process leaving hundreds of elderly persons who had gathered in Nyeri town for the exercise disappointed.
The programme seeks to enroll older people to the national safety net programme where they will start receiving a monthly stipend of Sh. 2,000 for their upkeep.
The senior citizens who had gathered at the YMCA hall in Nyeri town were however assured that the process was well on course and would be expedited once the list was secured.
County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia, who was the chief guest during the occasion, said that the development would go a long way in shielding this vulnerable lot from extreme poverty making their sunset years worthwhile.
Shisia however appealed to the service providers to maintain confidentiality while dealing with the senior citizens to ensure safety of beneficiaries once they collect their funds.
He said this will enhance the integrity of the program even as he urged the service providers to accord them exemplary services as well as bring them closer to them as possible given their age and health challenge.
County Social Development Officer, Edward Ole Pussy, said the number of service providers had been increased to four which included Kenya Commercial Bank, Co-operative bank, Equity bank and Post Bank, in order to serve the huge number of beneficiaries.
An estimated 26,588 are expected to benefit from the Government initiative with 85 years old John Muhihia, saying the stipend will go a long way in ensuring they live comfortable lives.