“Only a small fraction” of vulnerable families in the capital Nairobi benefited from Kenya’s cash transfer initiative aimed at supporting families affected by Covid, a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last year announced a weekly stipend for needy households – which he said had been identified as most vulnerable to the economic impact of Covid-19. It was discontinued later in the year.
About 10 billion Kenyan shillings ($100m; £73m) was allocated to cushion the families.
But the human rights body says the programme lacked transparency and was characterised by cronyism, nepotism and outright favouritism.
Government officials did not follow “stated selection criteria or share information that should have allowed more vulnerable families to enrol,” the report says.
HRW is urging Kenya’s anti-corruption agency to investigate irregularities in the programme.