Government unable to pay all Kenyans in need of funds

New Labour CS Simon Chelungui when he took over from his predecessor Ukur Yattani at the NSSF Buildings in Nairobi./COURTESY

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection is unable to pay all Kenyans registered under the Consolidated Cash Transfer Program.

Outgoing labor Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani, while handing over the ministry to former Water CS Samson Chelugui, said that the ministry is only capable of paying cash transfers to a fraction of those registered due to lack of resources.

“1.3 million are getting that support, more than five million are supposed to get support but due to budget constrain it is difficult to have all at once,” Yattani said.

In September last year, the government released sh.8,737,560,000 billion which was paid to 1,092,195 beneficiaries in the Inua Jamii program.

The cash transfer program captured 294,581 orphans and vulnerable children, 763,638 older persons and 33,976 persons with severe disability

Yattani indicated that the ministry had employed mechanisms to make sure that it minimized malpractices so that those targeted benefit from the stipend.

He urged his predecessor to engage in dialogue with various unions to find amicable truce whenever labour standoff emerges.

He also urged Chelugui to regularly undertake inspection of companies in bid to avert environmental degradation.