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Vulnerable families to receive weekly Covid-19 stipend

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• The Head of State promised to ensure support to vulnerable Kenyans is delivered seamlessly as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta
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Needy households will receive a weekly stipend from the government to help deal with the effects of Covdi-19.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said the programme, which was rolled out starting with Nairobi on Wednesday, is meant to cushion vulnerable Kenyans from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

 "We have identified needy households in Nairobi that will be the inaugural recipients of the weekly Covid-19 support stipend. The piloting of the programme started yesterday and some of the initial beneficiaries have received their stipends," he said.

The Head of State said the national government has also released an additional Sh5 billion to the county governments to supplement the savings they have already generated towards the same cause.

"These monies will be devoted specifically to cushion the most vulnerable people and also protect health workers," Uhuru said.

He spoke at State House, Nairobi, where he announced nine new Covid-19 cases, bringing to 234 the total number of confirmed positive cases.

Uhuru said another Sh8.5 billion has been released for the elderly beneficiaries of the cash transfer program as well as five million in areas for persons with severe disabilities.

The Head of State promised to ensure support to vulnerable Kenyans is delivered seamlessly as the country deals with Coronavirus pandemic.