The Department of Gender and Social Services in Makueni County has disbursed Sh 29,392,000 shillings to 7,348 beneficiaries under the Older Persons (OP) and People with Severe Disability (PWSD) cash transfer programmes.
According to County Social Development Officer Daniel Mulonzi 6,161 elderly persons and 1,187 people living with disabilities will each receive Sh4, 000 for the months of May and June.
He said that the payments that started Tuesday will be done for the next three weeks through designated Kenya Commercial Bank agents and called on caregivers to obtain the cash within the stipulated time.
”The payments began today and will continue until end month, ‘he said.
Speaking to KNA in his office, Mulonzi said the money which is a monthly stipend of Sh 2,000 for each recipient is aimed at improving the livelihoods of the beneficiaries and foster a life of dignity.
He reiterated the government’s commitment in enhancing income security among the lives of vulnerable groups and called on the beneficiaries to use the money to build their capacities to cushion them against poverty.
The Social Development Officer also refuted claims by politicians that the department was retaining IDs during the on-going country wide registration of older persons over 70 years under the Inua Jamii programme.
Mulonzi termed the allegations as malicious and misleading saying the exercise was meant at capturing data for a more inclusive cash transfer programme that will see older persons aged 70 years and above receive the monthly stipend starting January in 2018.
”The registration is voluntary and is aimed at expanding the existing older persons cash transfer programme which currently only targets those aged 65 years and above from vulnerable households, ‘he said.
He added that so far 2,950 people have been registered and urged political leaders to desist from politicising the issue.
Source: Kenya News Agency