Life is Better Thanks to the Government Cash Transfer Programme

Hundreds of vulnerable persons in Magarini, Kilifi county laud the national government for introducing the cash transfer programme meant to ease the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on their lives.

A survey recently carried out by the Kenya News Agency in four sub-locations within Magarini sub-county revealed that the Ksh 1,000 weekly stipend sent to beneficiaries has assisted them to better their lives especially at a time they had completely lost hope after the government instituted a raft of containment measures aimed at preventing the spread of the viral disease.

In the past eight weeks, the government disbursed a total of Sh21 million in weekly stipends through mobile phone transfers to 2,634 vulnerable persons in the sub-county to cushion those who lost their livelihoods following the containment measures.

This is in addition to the ongoing cash transfer programmes for persons with severe disabilities, the elderly, orphans, and vulnerable children in which the government disbursed a total of Sh51 million in April 2020.

Life has become a little bit more bearable for most of the cash transfer beneficiaries since they began receiving the funds. “I appreciate the fact that the money comes in form of cash as opposed to the usual relief supplies,” said one of the beneficiaries. Notably, 62-year old Sidi Kazungu, a resident of Mapimo village in Gongoni location, who suffered a stroke about one and a half months ago and has not been able to do anything, expressed her gratitude to the government for the weekly stipends.

Magarini Deputy County Commissioner Mbiuki Mutembei reported that the government has disbursed close to Sh72.4 million this year through the various cash transfer programmes aimed at cushioning vulnerable people in the area.

By: Linzer Kibebe

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