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EDITORIAL: Don’t abuse stipend plan

Elderly people wait to receive their monthly stipend in Molo, Nakuru County, in 2015. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Elderly people wait to receive their monthly stipend in Molo, Nakuru County, in 2015. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

It has always been in the African tradition to take care of people in their sunset years, and that is why the decision to provide cash to the elderly is laudable.

Initially targeting those above 65, the programme has since been enhanced to include households with orphans and people with severe disabilities.

And now the plan is to have 710,000 households benefit under the Inua Jamii cash programme through a bi-monthly handout.

Whereas this is laudable, accountability and eligibility issues beg to be addressed.

Taxpayers must be told the criteria used to identify beneficiaries, who will be involved, how the cash will be delivered and mechanisms that will be used to ensure it is not abused.

We need to be assured that money will not continue to be disbursed to those who have long been buried.

The cure is to have the full list of beneficiaries published regularly and made available for Wanjiku.

It is only through transparency that the disturbing notion that some counties are deliberately being left out could be laid to rest.

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