1998 bomb blast survivors to benefit from Inua Jamii Programme, CS Bore says

Senate committee chair Machakos Senator Agnes Kavindu Muthama (2nd left) Adhoc Committee member Taita Taveta Senator Jones Mwaruma, Labour CS Florence Bore (centre) Victims Baraka and Sidialo.[Elvis Ogina, Standard]

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection says the 1998 Nairobi United States of America Embassy bomb blast survivors will benefit from the Inua Jamii Programme.

In a statement released on Thursday, September 21, the Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary said that there is a country-wide registration ongoing that will help the government support them financially through the Inua Jamii Programme.

“The Ministry will work with the leadership of the 1998 bombast survivors to identify those who can be enrolled into the Inua Jamii programme as per the set criteria. The process will is already ongoing and will end on September, 30,” said Bore.

The Ministry has also reviewed its requirements and criteria for the beneficiaries under the Inua Jamii Programme.

Under the new criteria, some of the vulnerable groups will become permanent beneficiaries while others will be thrown out of the programme.

For the Older Person Cash Transfer Programme, the Ministry says that: “One must be a Kenyan citizen aged 70 years and above and a holder of a valid Kenyan National Identification Card. Additionally, they must have a caregiver with a valid Kenyan National Identification Card and must not be on any government pension.”

On the other hand, orphans and vulnerable children below 18 years old from humble backgrounds will now become permanent beneficiaries of the programme.

Additionally, those from humble backgrounds with caregivers who are chronically ill and are unable to perform their duties will also be covered by the programme.

Under the Persons with Severe Disability Cash Transfer Programme, the Ministry says it will only support Kenyans from a poor household who requires 24-hour care.

In all three categories, the beneficiaries should not be enrolled on any similar financial aid programme.