How OPCT is painting smiles on elders faces in Mwingi

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Old persons in Mwingi have felt the impact of Old Persons Cash Transfer in a way that they can’t hide their happiness and appreciations to the government of Kenya. Ever since OPCT was started their lives have never been the same.

Ann Nzembi, 70 years from Nguni praised the government saying that she is able to cater for her basic needs without depending on other people.

“The government has sorted us out in a way that I don’t have to keep on begging for support from my children. I can now afford food and clothing on my own”, said Nzembi.

Lukas Mwangangi, 75 years from Waita said that he can now afford a smile because the government has granted their needs. “We are very happy to be recognized by the government, now we feel wanted in the society and in the whole country at large”, added Mwangangi.

Joseph Mavuli, 69 years from Mwingi said that before the programme was started old persons were struggling on matters of food and clothing especially those abandoned by their family members forcing them to beg for food from the well-wishers. “I would like to thank the government of Kenya for putting us into consideration, at least we can enjoy the benefits of having a government in the country”, added Mavuli

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According to Social Development Officer Mr Paul Maina, over 3,000 old persons are the one benefitting from OPCT programme in Mwingi Central Constituency.

Maina, during an interview in his office at Mwingi town today, further disclosed that for now they are able to make payment in time. “Whenever there is delayed payment it becomes difficult to explain to the old persons because they keep on coming to the office asking for money but for now the government has really worked on that in a way that old persons are able to receive payment in time”, he added.

He however urged the old persons who still have old Identification cards to register and get new ones to avoid inconveniences during payment.

The Old Persons Cash Transfer was started in 2007 by the government of Kenya to provide regular and predictable cash transfer to poor and vulnerable old persons of 65 years and above in identified deserving households.

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They receive Ksh 2,000 per month delivered every two months through nominated payment service providers; Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, Co-operative Bank and Post bank.

The Payment Service Providers have agents across the constituency that reduces the distance travelled by the beneficiaries while accessing their stipend.
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