State rolls out cash transfer this morning

Monday, April 20th, 2020 00:00 |
Co-Operative Bank headquarters. Photo/Courtesy

The government will today roll-out of Sh8.75 billion to the elderly and poor under the cash transfer programmes run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.

The money, meant to cushion the vulnerable groups from the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will be paid to one million people and has already been wired to four banks (KCB, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank and Post Bank) contracted to pay the beneficiaries).

In statement sent to newsrooms yesterday, the PS Ministry of Labour, Nelson Marwa said each beneficiary would receive Sh 8,000 payment for months of January- February and March- April. 

Marwa also said the government would also release Sh500 million owed to persons living with disabilities as directed by President Kenyatta last week.

“The Ministry of Labour has adopted a multi-agency approach in the payment process in Ministry of Interior, county governments, Ministry of Health, elected leaders and ministries to ensure seamless coordination,” said Marwa.

In order to contain further spread of the virus, the PS has advised all the beneficiaries to utilise mobile banking, ensure social distancing and ensure all biometric devices have been cleaned and sanitinised regularly.

President Kenyatta last week said the government has also identified needy households which will be receiving the weekly stipend.

“We have identified needy households in Nairobi that will be the recipients of the weekly Covid-19 support stipend. 

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