President William Ruto on Sunday, October 30, announced that all the youth who worked in the Kazi Mtaani will be absorbed in another program.
Addressing a congregation while in Kandara Constituency, the Head of State noted that plans were in high gear to have the youth contracted to plant trees.
He further explained that the new programme would save the country from the harsh effects of climate change being experienced in some areas in Kenya.
Ruto revealed that the program was part of his regime's grand plan to plant 5 billion trees before his first term elapses.Youth involved in unblocking of a drainage under the Kazi Mtaani program.File
He hinted that the new program will be titled 'Kazi ya Mazingira.'
"We have decided as Government that we want to join all Kenyan citizens to plant 5 million trees in the next five years. Each one of us, the County Governments, the National Government, all the other agencies, the private sector, and all other traders shall join hands to plant trees to restore our rivers.
"Those jobs that we had such as Kazi Mtaani will be Kazi ya Mazingira. All the youth we employed in Kazi Mtaani will be employed to plant trees. We need to make sure that we have enough trees," stated the President.
He further noted that to ensure enough seedlings are produced, his allies in the National Assembly would tweak the law to increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) they manage.
The funds would be then handed to women and youth groups.
"We have agreed that we shall change the law to add CDF money to help MPs offer money to mothers groups and those of youth to produce tree seedlings.
"Unless we change our environment, climate change is a reality that we must live with," the Head of State added.
On October 25, President Ruto banned Kazi Mtaani claiming that the project was outdated promising to introduce better projects for the youth, including affordable housing.
"Kazi Mtaani is outdated now, the work now is building these houses, and the first people to get jobs in this project will be from Kibra," Ruto stated, adding that the number of youths being employed under the kazi mtaani program was minimal.President William Ruto speaking after Cabinet Secretaries Swearing in ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2022.Kenyans.co.ke
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