Government Disbursed Kshs. 100 billion To The Poor Last Year-CS Chelugui 

CS Chelugui

At the same time, the UK government has given the Kenyan government a grant of more than Kshs. 600 million to finance a Digital Cash Transfer Programme for the poor who live in urban informal settlements. CS Chelugui said the cash was disbursed through the government’s Inua Jamii programme a Flagship Project under the Social Pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030

By The Weekly Vision

The government had disbursed more than Kshs.166.9 Billion to 1,233,129 poor households across the country by the end of last year, Cabinet Secretary Ministry for Labour Simon Chelugui has said. The households include 353,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children, 833,129 Older Persons and 47,000 Persons with Severe Disabilities in the 47 counties spread across the country.  

At the same time, the UK government has given the Kenyan government a grant of more than Kshs. 600 million to finance a Digital Cash Transfer Programme for the poor who live in urban informal settlements. CS Chelugui said the cash was disbursed through the government’s Inua Jamii programme a Flagship Project under the Social Pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030 and in pursuance of Article 43(3) of the Kenya Constitution, recipients may get more this year.

The event was held at the ministry’s NSSF headquarters and attended by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Jane Marriott, and the Country Director for Give Directly, Ms Lydia Muya, others were the Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Hon Patrick Ole Ntutu, Principal Secretary State Department for Social Protection Mr Nelson Marwa joined the meeting virtually

Mr Chelugui said: “I am glad to note that the UK government availed a grant of 5 Million Sterling pounds (Approximately Ksh 680 Million) to finance a Digital Cash Transfer Programme.” he was speaking at the weekend during the one year review of the UK’s Urban Digital Cash Transfer Programme that was started in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya.

It was held at the ministry’s NSSF headquarters and attended by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Jane Marriott, and the Country Director for Give Directly, Ms Lydia Muya, others were the Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Hon Patrick Ole Ntutu, Principal Secretary State Department for Social Protection Mr Nelson Marwa joined the meeting virtually.

He said this programme currently ongoing, is expected to cover 52,700 vulnerable people living in urban informal settlements, in Nairobi and Mombasa. The C.S said the programme planned to run for three months, will go a long way in improving their livelihood and wellbeing and enable them to participate in the rebuilding of our economy.

“The current Covid-19 pandemic has caused numerous challenges in the society and if one is not infected then they are affected. This pandemic has led to the loss of lives, and jobs slowing down economic performances, making millions of poor and vulnerable people in Kenya and across the globe lose their livelihoods,” said Mr Chelugui.

He said like the rest of the family of nations, Kenya has suffered the adverse effect of the pandemic, especially among the poor, unemployed and those in informal employment. Therefore to cushion the poor and vulnerable members of our society, who are currently not beneficiaries of the Inua Jamii Programme, the Government allocated Kshs.10 billion during the Financial Year 2019/2020, through which, an emergency cash transfer programme was started at the height of Covid 19 spread control lockdown in April 2021.

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