The government’s cash transfer for the older persons programme has impacted on the lives of senior citizens in the country
East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Ms Philis Kandie said while launching the registration of all older persons above 70 years in Koibatek Sub-County that Inua Jamii Cash Transfer for the elderly which has been on a pilot basis since 2008 had restored dignity and happiness to the beneficiaries.
Since its inception in the year 2008 the programme has turned around the fortunes of many needy older persons in the society, said the CS.
One Beneficiary Mzee Richard Juma said the fund had given them a new lease of life as they are able to get what they need.
Now we can fend for ourselves, buy food, clothing and can even visit entertainment joints for drinks like we used to do when we were young,said Mzee Juma.
He says the funds have been disbursed in a fair and transparent manner and gives the government thumbs up for the programme.
Another beneficiary Esther Jerono said the money has uplifted her status as she is now able to take care of her grandchildren who are orphans.
The CS further added that homeless and abandoned persons have found their dignity in the society and have managed to start businesses and even own assets.
Mrs. Kandie said the government has enhanced the programme to cover all citizens aged 70 years and above in the entire country in the programme.
She urged all the elderly persons who have attained the age to register their particulars with their chiefs and ministry’s officers by August 31 so as to be enlisted for the support.
Every member of a family is entitled so long as they have attained the age, reiterated the CS.
The new package that offers Sh. 2000 monthly will also afford them an health insurance scheme through the NHIF.
The Ministry targets to register over half a million senior citizens in the next two months for the disbursement that begins in January 2018.
The programme that was on a pilot basis was benefiting over 40,000 older persons in the country aged 65 and above.
Source: Kenya News Agency