Vulnerable Kenyans in Counties under lockdown to first receive weekly COVID-19 stipend
The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection says vulnerable Kenyans from four Counties under partial lockdown will be among the first people to receive weekly coronavirus stipend.
The Ministry’s Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said they will be map out the most significant vulnerable Kenyans in the counties before rolling out cash distribution programme.
“We have to take a multi-agency approach. The goal is to start with the most affected counties before rolling out to the entire 47 counties,” said the CS
But even as the government endeavours to cushion Kenyans in the COVID-19 hard times, Chelugui said the interventions may not cover all needy persons. This he said, included Kenyans who have recently lost their jobs and those who will be declared redundant under the ensuing pandemic.
“The government interventions are also affected as it is dependent on the revenues by the same population it is meant to guard,” he added.
The Ministry is already set to lose Ksh.2 billion from its original allocations through budget rationalization with development expenditures for the State Department of Social Protection, Pensions & Senior Citizen Affairs seeing a Ksh.1.4 billion slash on its development allocation.
On April 13, the government announced to pilot a cash transfer program that will enable the elderly and most vulnerable members of the society to buy food while coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, Kenya’s ‘ Inua Jamii’ social protection program, provides cash to orphans and vulnerable children, older persons and people with severe disabilities.
Figures indicate that the government allocated Kshh33 billion to scale up the social protection and economic inclusion programme.
In the last six years, those who have benefited from the state’s cash transfer program have increased from 200,000 to 1.3 million, at the end of 2019. Funding has increased from KSh6.5 billion to KSh26 billion during this period.