The government will increase the number of beneficiaries of cash transfer funds to 500,000 from next month, Deputy President William Ruto has said. Currently, only 150,000 people are the programme's beneficiaries, with the selected districts having less than 30 beneficiaries.
Ruto said the government has set aside Sh1 billion per month for the programme, which will help in uplifting livelihoods. Addressing Christians at Christ the King Catholic church in Kitale, he said the poverty level in the country is high and the government is working on strategies to combat the situation.
"The cash transfer will help the elderly, orphans and disabled in the whole country. I want to officially announce here that the beneficiaries from January will be 500,000," Ruto said.
There have been complaints from across the country that the government has been discriminative in providing the stipend to the elderly. The elderly aged above 60 years, orphans and physically challenged will now be pocketing Sh2,000 stipend per month.
Ruto said the beneficiaries will be identified at both the constituency and the ward level to enhance balance.