Kenya to pay senior citizens aged 70 and above Sh4000 bi-monthly

The elderly citizens will also get free medical cover through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Senior citizens will receive the first bi-monthly government stipend of Sh4,000 ($40) in March, according to Labour and Social Protection secretary Phyllis Kandie.

The elderly citizens will also get free medical cover through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

“The beneficiaries will receive a stipend of Sh2,000 per month. This means in March, the beneficiary will receive a sum of Sh4,000 for January and February cycle,” said Ms Kandie in an interview.

The bi-monthly cash transfers for persons aged 70 years and above will be made through active bank and mobile phone accounts of the registered beneficiaries.

The March cash transfer will comprise monthly disbursements for January and February under the Inua Jamii plan, (uplift families plan) whose implementation was a key plank of the Jubilee election campaign promises.

The ‘Inua Jamii 70 years and above cash transfer programme’ is an enhancement of the previous cash transfer initiated in 2012 targeted at individuals aged above 65 and living in extreme poverty.

The stipend, considered a non-contributory social pension for the elderly, is being implemented by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection.

The Treasury allocated Sh6.7 billion to kick-start the scheme in January covering the first half of the year to June.

The 2009 National Census projected the 2017 population of older persons aged 70 and above at 973,000.

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