KENYAN GOVERNMENT SPENDS US$180 MILLION ANNUALLY ON ELDERS AND ORPHANS

Over 770,000 Kenyans living in abject poverty have benefitted from the Inua Jamii Cash transfer programme started by the national government in 2014.

According to Social Security and Services permanent Secretary Susan Mochache, the government uses 18 billion shillings (US$180 million) annually to support the elderly, orphans and disabled persons through the programme.

Mochache who spoke at Kambiki chief’s camp in Maragua Sub County on Friday said the government is on a fact finding mission to establish how effective the programme has been.

She said this was necessitated by numerous complaints from members of the public that majority of the beneficiaries were not deserving and were only enlisted in the programme because they had connections with the local administrations.

The PS however noted that the government has put a lot of efforts into sealing loopholes that people were using to get the money meant to benefit the disadvantaged in the society.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK