The government has unveiled plans to register more beneficiaries into its needs-based Inua Jamii cash transfer programme, a national safety net for elderly and disadvantaged Kenyans.

According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, those targeted when the registration begins today include vulnerable senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

“Household registration for Persons with Severe Disabilities Cash Transfer (PWSD-CT) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) is starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, 2024,” CS Florence Bore announced on Tuesday.

The CS added that those who will get registered will also be helped with account opening to enable them to receive a monthly stipend from the government as a cushion against poverty.

The registration drive, which targets to enrol an additional 500,000 households to the existing 207,000 beneficiaries, is part of what the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection started last September.

Though government personnel will be walking door to door in areas of Kenya while conducting registration, the Ministry said it is possible to self-register through USSD *222#, where one can select the Inua Jamii cash transfer programme in the displayed list of social protection services provided by the govt and enrol oneself for free.

After dispatching a total of Ksh2.07 billion benefit payments to Inua Jamii beneficiaries in March, the government said that those who will register in this cycle will start receiving support from next month.