INUA JAMII PROGRAMME BENEFITING THOUSANDS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IN MIGORI COUNTY.
BY HILLARY OMITI,Migori County,14th July 2017.
More than 800,000 elderly persons in the republic of Kenya have benefited on the Inua Jamii cash transfer provided by the government to take care of the older people.
While speaking during the launch of the programme at Migori stadium Mrs.Mary Owino who is the of Director State Department of Social Protection who represented the cabinet secretary Mrs. Rachael Omamo who was to be the guest of honor said that the government is committed in ensuring that the three older category cash transfer benefit just as other people in the society.
She said that the older people are always neglected in the society hence they suffer yet they have the right to live just like others saying that the ministry is expected to register a total of 540,000 new beneficiaries who will regularly benefit on the inua jamii programme of Ksh.2000 which the older people receives every month.
However she challenged government field officers and other stakeholders to ensure all legible persons for the Inua Jamii registered for the program.
Beneficiaries of the National Government Cash Transfer Funds in Migori County have attributed their improved lives to the program.
Speaking at the same function, Suna East Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Stephen Kavulu cautioned care takers acting on behalf of the beneficiaries to make sure the funds benefits the targets persons.
He said the government may arrest and prosecute caretakers who misuse the funds meant for the vulnerable persons.
The beneficiaries who spoke during the launch of Inua Jamii Cash Transfer said their dignity and respect has been felt since the government started the cash transfer program for the vulnerable groups.
Wilson Mugiri 78, Kuria West resident said he had lost respect in his village due to extreme poverty exhibited in his home.
He said the government’s Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Program which targets 70+ persons is an ambitious program that will completely boost the life expectancy among the elderly countrywide he has used cash transfer funds to plant his 200 stems of bananas, a project that has boosted food security and financial in his home.
Christine Machugu a widow from Kuria praised the cash transfer program which has enabled her educate her six children after the death of her husband.