Inaccurate data hindering cash transfer to the vulnerable

Written By: Obrien Kimani

The government has so far dispersed 170 million shillings through the cash transfer for the vulnerable program announced last week. 

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However, lack of accurate data after the high court stopped the government from using the information collected during the huduma namba exercise is hampering the program. 

ICT Principal Secretary Jorome Ochieng says the program is targeting to reach 1 million people whose economic situation has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mid last year the government roll-out a multi-billion shillings project to electronically capture the data of all Kenyans in the country and the diaspora. 

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The one-month exercise helped collect personal information for millions of Kenyans. 

According to the government, the collected data was to help efficient delivery of public services, harmonize the law on registration of persons; and facilitate registration of births and deaths. 

However, the high court stopped the use of the data following a suit by a group of civil societies.

Speaking to Channel one ICT Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng says the high court decision has impacted negatively efforts to map out needy Kenyans. 

Jerome says so far, they have distributed 166 million shillings to Kenyans in the counties of Kilifi, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kwale who are facing economic hardship due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Last month President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a 10 billion shillings package to be disbursed to the vulnerable in the four counties. 

The government has also announced 9 billion shillings through the Inua jamii program that targets the orphans, elderly and other vulnerable groups in the country.

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