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Each Kenyan senior citizen set to get Sh4,000 stipend in March, says Gvt

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Each Kenyan senior citizen set to get Sh4,000 stipend in March, says Gvt

Each Kenyan senior citizen set to get Sh4,000 stipend in March, says Gvt
January 05
00:50 2018

BY BMJ MURIITHI

All Kenyans born before 1948 will receive the first bi-monthly government stipend of Sh4,000 in March, the government has announced.

Making the announcement Friday, Labour and Social Protection secretary Phyllis Kandie sai that over and above the stipend, the elderly citizens will also get free medical cover through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

The March cash transfer will comprise monthly disbursements for January and February under the Inua Jamii initiative, whose implementation was promised by Jubilee  during the 2017 election campaigns.

“Our elderly must live in dignity,” Uhuru Kenyatta, the then Jubilee Presidential Candidate, said repeatedly at many campaign stops across the country.

The non-contributory social pension targeting those 70 years of age and above is being implemented by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection.

In January, the Treasury allocated Sh6.7 billion to kick-start the scheme which will cover the first half of the year up to June.

“The beneficiaries will receive a stipend of Sh2,000 per month. This means in March, the beneficiary will receive a sum of Sh4,000 for January and February cycle,” said Ms Kandie in an interview with a local daily.

The ‘Inua Jamii 70 years and above cash transfer programme’ is an enhancement of the previous cash transfer initiated in 2012 targeted at individuals aged above 65 and living in extreme poverty.

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Those with parents or grand parents born before 1948 are encouraged to alert them.

After Ms Kandie spoke, some Kenyans on social media reacted with a light touch.

“So Rao can now go and enjoy this pension together with his other perks in peace,” wrote MkenyaMmoja on Instagram.

John Mburu wrote on Facebook: Kusema na kutenda. Jubilee haipendagi ujinga.

 

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