For the past six months, vulnerable households have been receiving a weekly stipend of Ksh.1000 to cushion them from the adverse effects of COVID-19. The state however has announced a move to end these money transfers in October.
Labor and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Mr. Simon Chelugui told parliament that on the first week of October the government will terminate the payments. He told Members of Parliament that the Ksh.10 million which was the initial amount allocated was disbursed to the recipients by the interior Ministry via MPESA. This has seen some 341,958-household benefits since May.
The government further estimates that Ksh.1.36 Bn is transferred monthly to these households that are spread across informal settlements in the country. Among the recipients have been households in Kibra, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kwa Rueben, and Mathare in Nairobi. Also, other beneficiaries include households in Nyalenda Kisumu and Bangladesh in Mombasa.
The CS notes that “Targeting is still ongoing for the remaining balance of 327,042 households into the program who will be paid up to the first week of October 2020”.
The weekly cash transfer aims to reach 669,000 households in the 290 constituencies. The first phase of the cash transfer targeted Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, and Kilifi where 85,300 households were reached. A further 180,800 households were reached in the second phase from 17 counties including Nakuru, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, and Embu.
The third phase of disbursement will benefit 400,00 households in the remaining 26 counties.