More than 500,000 elderly citizens to benefit from Sh 2,000 monthly stipend

Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Community, Labour and Social Protection, Ms Phyllis Kandie has said the government will register over 500, 000 elderly citizens to benefit from the Sh. 2000 monthly stipend.

She was speaking Sturday at Kamungei location in Sotik constituency during the launch of Inua Jamii programme for Bomet County.

She said under the ‘Inua Jamii program’, the government will facilitate the payment of Sh. 2,000 monthly stipend to both couples unlike the previous program where only one member of the household was a beneficiary.

The CS said the government will also issue one year fully paid National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cards to all beneficiaries under the program.

She noted that only 6,300 old people in Bomet County are beneficiaries under the current program but 17,993 old people will be covered in the new package.

Kandie appealed to the area residents not to harass her staff on the ground for payment immediately after registration, saying all the registered people will start receiving their monthly stipend of Sh. 2000 from January2018.

Kandie refuted claims in a section of the electronic and social media that the government was taking away National Identity cards from the beneficiaries.

She was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Sotik MP Dr Joyce Laboso who is vying for the Bomet gubernatorial seat.

Laboso warned care givers that the government will take stern action against them if they took advantage of the ignorance of the beneficiaries to fleece them.

She thanked the government for initiating the Inua Jamii program saying it will benefit many Kenyans irrespective of their status in the society.

The Sotik MP thanked the Jubilee government for facilitating development in various sectors over the last four years and called on Kenyans to re-elect Jubilee for another term.

Source: Kenya News Agency