STATEMENT BY CABINET SECRETARY MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL PROTECTION HON. AMB. UKUR YATANI, DURING THE WITNESSING OF NATIONAL VALIDATION AND ENROLMENT OF INUA JAMII 70 YEARS AND ABOVE BENEFICIARIES AT GATUNDU STADIUM, KIAMBU COUNTY
The Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Abdul Bahari Ali,
All Payment Service Providers,
Members of the press,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, yet again, marks an important milestone in our county’s history towards fulfilling one of the fundamental obligations of the State to her citizens.
As you are aware, the government last year enhanced the criteria for cash transfer programme for older persons to capture vulnerable citizens of 70 years and above. The registration of these beneficiaries was undertaken between July and August, 2017. It is my pleasure to announce that this exercise was completed and a total of 523,129 senior citizens have been registered. Out of this 229,346 are male and 330,701 are female.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is critical to note that the purpose of this exercise was to enable the Government to provide this vulnerable segment of population with a regular, reliable cash transfer to enable them lead a life of dignity and meet their basic requirements. This is why we are here today to witness the ongoing validation and enrolment of the registered Senior citizens by the Payment Service Providers (Banks). This exercise commenced from Monday 16th April and will end on 27th April 2018. During this period the banks, based on the beneficiaries’ choice, shall open bank accounts and issue the payment cards to beneficiaries so as to facilitate their payments with effect from May 2018.
At this stage I wish to notify you that 4 banks (namely Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank, Postbank and Kenya Commercial Bank) were competitively procured for the purpose of delivering the Cash Transfers to these vulnerable members of our society. These 4 banks will address the previous challenge of beneficiaries travelling long distances to the pay points as they have a wide national coverage through their branch networks and agents. I am happy to also note that some of the banks have partnered with other stakeholders such as Postal Corporation as another way of increasing the number of outlets for purposes of expanding the scope of coverage. The banks provide an option of mobile money transfer (Payment) platform for convenience and ease of access for the beneficiaries. Immediately the banks complete the enrolment exercise, the Ministry shall disburse funds to them for payment to the beneficiaries.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I take this opportunity to assure the Senior citizens that they will receive their full stipend for the period January-June 2018 as directed by His Excellence the President as Social Protection support to vulnerable senior citizens.
It is my humble appeal to the citizens of this country and to the payment service providers that we give these senior citizens all the necessary support and humane treatment. This enrolment is undertaken free of charge and the public is encouraged to report any cases of infringement.
I wish to restate the Government’s commitment to vulnerable members of our society through this Cash Transfer Programme popularly known as Inua Jamii. With the additional 523,129 beneficiaries being enrolled from today the total number of beneficiaries increases from the current 710,000 to 1,233,129 Countrywide.
Finally ladies and gentlemen, I wish to thank our Development Partners and all those who have supported us in one way or the other to make this flagship project a success. My humble appeal to the beneficiaries is to use this stipend in the best beneficial way possible for their best interest. The same goes to the caregivers of these Senior citizens.