State releases Ksh8.7B for cash transfer

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Each beneficiary will receive Ksh8000 to cover the two payment cycles

The government has released Ksh8.74 billion to be paid to beneficiaries of the cash transfer programmes.

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Social Protection Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa says the money will be channeled through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and will be paid out to over one million beneficiaries starting on Monday next week.

Each beneficiary will receive Ksh8000 to cover the two payment cycles of July /August and September /October 2019.

Marwa dismissed claims by activist Okiah Omtata that the ministry has failed in its mandate of protecting the welfare of special groups.

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He revealed that the ministry audited the payroll to ensure only genuine members benefit under the scheme.

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He however, noted that all beneficiaries and caregivers will be required to produce their Inua Jamii payment cards and Identity cards for them to receive the money, while those receiving the payment for the first time will transact it biometrically.

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“We have cleaned up the payroll and are sure that only genuine members are benefitting under the scheme. We have removed beneficiaries who have died,” he said.

The PS said the Department of Labour and Social Services has plans to conduct retargeting in the 290 constituencies where local leaders will be engaged, and announced that the department also intends to undertake payroll cleansing in the months of January and February next year.

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According to the Principal Secretary, the new payment model will ensure the beneficiaries and caregivers access their funds within six months after the money is credited to their accounts

Marwa, however, issued a stern warning to ministry officers derailing the initiative saying laxity will not be tolerated.

The government cash transfer programme is tailored for elderly persons, the disabled and orphans.

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