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Civil societies: Amendments to jeopardise cash transfer program – KBC

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A civil society organisation is opposed to the proposed amendments to the Social Assistance Act saying millions of Kenyans could lose their social protection benefits in the Inua Jamii cash transfer program.

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HelpAge International says the proposals by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Amb. Ukur Yattani will jeopardize cash transfer programmes for older people, people living with disabilities, and other groups at risk in Kenya.

In a statement, said Erastus Maina, HelpAge International Kenya Country Director stated that scraping of the Social Assistance Act and replacing it with the Social Assistance Fund Regulations was an unacceptable loss of rights to Kenya’s citizens in the area of social protection.

Maina said that the Social Assistance Amendment Bill would empower Treasury to govern the social protection sector through regulations, which can be easily changed.

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“The announcement to repeal the foundation of Kenya’s social protection system is a disappointing turn from Kenya’s recent achievements in ensuring that all citizens have can life dignified lives through rights-based social protection schemes,” said Erastus Maina.

Under the proposed amendments, the Treasury is seeking to put in place tough measures to guide the expenditure of funds meant for the vulnerable.

The new regulations aim to streamline the cash transfer programmes with the funds administered by an oversight board through the Social Assistance Fund.

The most obvious transformation was the targeted Older People Cash Transfer (OC-CT) to the universal social pension for all Kenyans aged 70 and over.

While a rigorous government-led impact evaluation of the Inua Jamii universal pension programme is underway, initial evidence suggest that the pension positively improves the lives of older people, including their autonomy and self-worth.

In addition to the universal social pension, the government also currently implements social protection programmes for Persons with Severe Disability and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Collectively, these programmes cost the exchequer about 30 billion shillings annually, with each beneficiary receiving 2,000 shillings per month. A total of 1.2 households – or six million people – benefit from these programmes.

The proposed Social Protection Fund is initially expected to receive only two billion shillings, which raises questions about the ability of the fund to continue implementing these crucial programmes.

The civil society organisations point out that the repeal of the Act that governs social protection programmes contravenes Kenya’s Constitution as well as internal human rights frameworks that have been signed and ratified by Kenya, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

The civil society organisations have sent a memorandum to the Clerk of The National Assembly on the Social Assistance (Repeal) Bill 2020 and plan to lobby the parliament to protect the gains the House have made in ensuring Kenya meets its obligation to the citizens and to the international protocols.

 

 

 

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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