800 Youth Hired During Uhuru Regime Decry Lack of Pay

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta walks down the dias after conducting his last inspection of a guard of honor at the Kasarai Stadium on Tuesday, September 13.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta walks down the dais after conducting his last inspection of a guard of honor as Head of State at the Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13.

More than 800 youth in Naivasha, Nakuru County, are fearful that they may never receive their payments due to a change of guard in Government.

The group was hired under the Kazi Mtaani Programme during retired President Uhuru Kenyatta's reign.

They claimed that they carried out the work a few weeks leading to the August 9 General Election but are yet to be remunerated.

Some of them lamented that they had suffered and had their houses closed due to rental arrears yet the Government remains mum on their plight.

Youth involved in unblocking of a drainage under the Kazi Mtaani program.

"We need our money and we are humbly asking, 'Please help us, we worked hard for the money.' The money has not been paid for two months. Just pay us whenever we do the Kazi Mtaani work," lamented one of the workers.

The youth now want the Nakuru County Governor Susan Kihika to step in and help them secure their pay.

Confirming their claim, Naivasha deputy county commissioner Mutua Kisilu told NTV that only a handful of the workers were yet to be paid.

Over recent months, non-payment of work rendered by youth in the programme had been common across the board.

For instance, in early August, Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga was forced to explain why some youth had failed to receive their payments despite carrying out the work.

In his response, he explained that those who did not get their dues had not completed their registration.

To boost employment, the Uhuru regime allocated Ksh2.1 billion to be used for youth empowerment through Kazi Mtaani from a Ksh20 billion that was allocated for youth activities.

In previous programmes, the government employed the youth to partake in various cleaning projects across the country. The youth were also absorbed as a workforce in the Big Four Agenda projects such as the affordable housing.

Additionally, the government allocated an additional Ksh2.2 billion for the Kenya Youth Empowerment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP) that is being undertaken by the State Department for Youth.

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund, which offers loans for youth enterprises, was allocated Ksh175 million.

In a bid to promote employment among the Youth, Uhuru's government allocated Ksh900 million for the creation of job opportunities in conjunction with vocational training.

Kazi Mtaani Initiative set to resume in March 2022
Kazi Mtaani Initiative set to resume in March 2022
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