NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – The East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Ministry has already registered 250,000 people aged 70 and above in the Inua Jamii programme.
Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie has said this is against the 500,000 targeted in the process which commenced earlier in July and is expected to end next month.
“The reception on the ground is very good and registration is still ongoing and it will end next month. Hopefully we will meet our target of 500,000 because that was our estimate since we started the registration process,” said Kandie.
The Inua Jamii program which kicked off in Nyeri is geared towards improving the livelihoods of the beneficiaries and enhancing a sense of dignity among senior citizens.
While addressing journalists at the ministry headquarters, Kandie noted that the final number of the registered people might be slightly higher or lower going by the number of people involved in initiating the program.
“Cabinet Secretaries and Permanent Secretaries have been launching the program all over the country. We are also closely working with the Ministry of Interior so that we work with chiefs and sub-chiefs to identify senior citizens that qualify for the programme and so far the programme is going on very well,” said Kandie.
Kandie also said that the beneficiaries of the program will “receive Sh2,000 per month or Sh4,000 bi-monthly and a free NHIF card”.
“What the ministry is doing at the moment is capturing the data and identifying who will be in the program. We are committed to ensure that the beneficiaries will withdraw the funds by the first week of 2018,” Kandie assured.
She further dismissed claims by the Opposition that the program is a campaign tool used by the government to woo voters.
“This is a program that featured in the Jubilee manifesto and it was a decision that the government took to implement it fully. It has nothing to do with politics and is something which has been received very well countrywide and therefore if it was a political tool why we would we go to areas that are perceived to be opposition areas,” queried Kandie.
So far, Muranga and Nakuru Counties are leading in the number of registered beneficiaries with 21, 114 and 19,494 respectively.
On the other hand, Marsabit and Isiolo have so far registered the lowest number of persons aged 70 and above with 170 and 303 respectively.
Persons eligible for the program must be Kenyan Citizens aged 70 years and above and must have a valid national identity card.