Kenya Gov’t Begins Disbursal Of KSh4.4 Billion For Inua Jamii Beneficiaries

Principal Secretary (PS) Nelson Marwa

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 23, 2020 – The Kenya government on Monday, November 23, 2020, began the disbursement of KSh4.366,644,000 to beneficiaries of Inua Jamii cash transfer programme.

The amount was released last week and expected to cushion 1,091,166 beneficiaries belonging to the vulnerable groups against the vagaries of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media communique issued by Social Protection Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa.

The vulnerable groups include Older persons, Persons with severe disability and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

The payment covers July-August 2020 payment tranche for the beneficiaries whose accounts had successfully been submitted to the Consolidated Cash Transfer Management Information System (CCTP MIS) by September 4, 2020.

The beneficiaries will each receive KSh4,000 except for those with arrears. The money is channelled through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. A beneficiary is allowed to withdraw all or a part of this amount at any time during the six month period.

A total 29,603 elderly persons in Machakos County are set to pocket KSh4,000 each this week after the Government released their monthly stipend through the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Program.

This payment comes against a background of the Covid-19 ravaging the country and the world. Subsequently, the Ministry of Health has put in place guidelines to be observed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

It is worth noting that most of the beneficiaries senior citizens, some with underlying health problems and need to be safeguarded against exposure to the killer virus.

Beneficiaries will receive their payments through contracted Payment Service Providers including Co-operative Bank, Equity Bank Ltd, Kenya Commercial Bank and Post Bank.

Beneficiaries or caregivers are required to produce their Inua Jamii payment cards and Identity card to receive the payments. But those going for payment for the first time must transact biometrically.

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Simon Chelugui (left) consult with Principal Secretary, Social Protection Nelson Marwa at National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building during the Day of The African Child 2020 Celebrations on June 16, 2020. PHOTO | Bonface Malinda

“The Ministry has undertaken various reforms towards ensuring efficient and effective service delivery to beneficiaries. In the new payment model, beneficiaries and caregivers can access their funds within six months after the money is credited to their accounts,” said Social Protection Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa in an earlier communique.

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

Marwa says the new system will ensure that only genuine beneficiaries receive the cash and that it will weed out any bogus people.

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