Senior citizens ask for increment in Government Sh2,000 monthly allowance

Senior citizens are now asking the government to provide an increment to their monthly stipend of Sh2,000.

The stipend, considered a non-contributory social pension for the elderly, is implemented by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection.

Sebastia Mwangi from Korogocho Nairobi told Nation TV that he depends on the money for food, medicine and shelter, asking the government to increase it as it is barely enough.

“If the government can pity us and add some more money it would greatly benefit us. It will ensure we have a more stable and independent life,” said Annah Nyakaria from Korogocho.

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The last increment for this social pension was made in 2011 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was the then Minister of Finance.

It was increased from Sh1,500 per month to Sh2,000. However, the money is issued bi-monthly and beneficiaries have to present themselves physically to the bank to collect the cash.

The money is given to all Kenyans aged above 70 regardless of their income levels.

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