The national government has disbursed Sh610 million annually to 14,000 orphans, 11,000 poor elderly and 1,500 persons with disabilities in Kakamega County for the past three years.

The monies were given out in a Cash Transfer Programme targeting the vulnerable and less fortunate members of the society as part of the government’s social protection initiative.

County Commissioner Kang’ethe Thuku told KNA in his office on Monday that with the recent extension of the protection net to include all those aged 70 years and above, more elderly people in the county are set to benefit.

Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya (left) hands a mattress and blankets to one of beneficiaries of the county programme for the elderly.

“In this programme, which until recently targeted the poor old people of 65 years and above, the beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend of Sh2,000 for their subsistence,” said the County Commissioner.

He added that the ongoing registration which started on July 3rd will close on August 31st and payment will take effect from January 2018.

The County Government also has a related programme where it has constructed decent houses worthy Sh100, 000 for selected six poor old persons in each of the 60 Wards.

Elderly persons, 70 years old and above who turned up for registration at Kakamega approved school on 7th July 2017.

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, says the project will be executed in a phases so as to realize a remarkable number of the beneficiaries.

In addition, the beneficiaries are provided with a mattress and two blankets in order to enhance their comfort.