Government To Halt Free Weekly Cash Transfer to Vulnerable Families
Kevin Namunwa  |  Aug 13, 2020

Vulnerable families who have been receiving aid from the state will no longer get the weekly cash from October.

The government will top the weekly cash transfer to poor households affected by the economic knocks of the Covid-19 pandemic, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui told parliament.

Chelugui said that the state will halt the weekly cash transfer in the first week of October.

More than 300,000 vulnerable households have since benefited from the weekly Ksh 1,000 stipends for the past 5 months.

The government estimates that a total of Sh1.36 billion is transferred to the beneficiaries monthly. The recipients are spread across low-income urban informal settlements, including Mathare, Kibera, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, and Mukuru Kwa Reuben in Nairobi, Nyalenda in Kisumu, and Bangladesh in Mombasa among others.

The state has not yet achieved its target of reaching a total population of 669,000 households across all the 290 constituencies in the 47 counties. However, Chelugui mentioned that the state is still targeting to reach more vulnerable families which will then receive the weekly cash up until the first week of October.

“Targeting is still ongoing for the remaining balance of 327,042 households into the programme who will be paid up to the first week of October 2020,” he said.

The government had initially allocated Ksh 10 billion for the programme. Chelugui further said that the cash was disbursed to recipients by the Interior Ministry Via M-Pesa.

In the first phase of disbursements, the government targeted those in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, and Kilifi, which were put under lockdowns. A total of 85,300 households were reached in these counties.

The second phase focused on 180,800 households in a further 17 counties -- Nakuru, Kirinyaga, Meru, Kakamega, Embu, Kiambu, Nyeri, Uasin-Gishu, Kisumu, Murang’a, Kajiado, Kisii, Machakos, Mandera, Tharaka-Nithi, Nyamira, and Migori.

The third lot of disbursements will benefit an additional 400,000 households in the 26 remaining counties.


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