The government has allocated Ksh39.5 billion to special groups in the 2022/2023 Financial Year with the aim of improving the living standards of individuals in those categories.
According to the budget statement read in Parliament on Thursday, April 7, by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yatani, individuals who fall in the special groups and qualify for the funds will benefit greatly.
Yatani explained the money will be instrumental in unleashing the potential of people living in poverty through economic inclusion programmes.
In the allocation, the orphans will enjoy funded education as the government has set aside Ksh400 million under the Presidential Bursary.
The elderly persons have not been left behind as President Uhuru Kenyatta's government has allocated them Ksh17.5 billion. This will see them receive relief funds to help sustain their old-age lives.
Under the Social Protection and Affirmative Action, orphans and vulnerable children will receive Ksh7.9 billion. Those living with severe disabilities have been allocated Ksh1.2 billion.
The government has also introduced relief funds to cushion Kenyans facing severe effects of the ravaging hunger. Yatani allocated Ksh5.1 billion to address this.
To mitigate the effects of drought, Ksh500 billion will go to the National Drought Emergency Fund. Further, Ksh2.6 billion will go to the Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact Project.
"Ksh2.8 billion for the Kenya Social and Economic Inclusion Project. In addition, Ksh933.8 million will go to the Child Welfare Society of Kenya," Yatani stated in his budget statement.
The funds will help different groups deal with the harsh economic situation in the country. According to Yatani, the last budget under President Uhuru Kenyatta is anchored on economic recovery.
Kazi Mtaani is also among other programmes that are set to return having been allocated Ksh2.1 billion in the 2022/2023 Financial Year.