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About 200,000 youth to benefit from Phase II of Kazi Mtaani this July

 Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga explains a point to the Youth and Gender CAS Rachel Shebesh as the toured some of the areas where the Kazi Mtaani Programme is being undertaken.
About 200,000 youth across the country will benefit from the second phase of "Kazi Mtaani" Programme that is expected to kick-off by next month.

This number will be supplement the 26,000 youth from informal settlements who are already benefiting from Phase I that covers 8 counties.

Speaking in Thika on Wednesday while on an impact assessment tour of the programme, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Hon. Rachel Shebesh said that the first phase was a pilot scheme to set stage for the roll out of the major programme that will also include skilled labour over and above the menial jobs the youth were undertaking now.

She assured youth from areas that previously missed out on Phase I recruitment that the government will expand the programme to cover more youth.

Currently, only 2,300 youth from 5 informal settlements within Kiambu County are benefiting from the programme. Thika with 1,505 youth from Kiandutu and Kiang'ombe has taken the lion's share.

"In the second phase 23,881 youth from 58 informal settlement within Kiambu County will be assimilated. There will also be 1,592 supervisors. The recruitment will be done through the Nyumba Kumi representatives," explained Kiambu County Commissioner (CC) Wilson Wanyanga.

National Youth Service (NYS) Council Chairman Lt. Gen (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki said that the the role of NYS was to instill discipline and empower skills among the beneficiaries with a view of transforming them into a County Youth Service in future.

Kiambu Roads, Transport and Public Works CEC Mugo Kimani promised to work with the National Government for sustainability of this programme and the actualisation of the County Youth Service.

The Kazi Mtaani NHP has been conceptualised to provide social relief by providing jobs and facilitating hygiene interventions to help contain the Covid-19 pandemic in informal urban settlements. It is a labour-intensive public works programme set out to provide immediate job opportunities for the youth.

The beneficiaries earn daily wages of KES. 600 payable through mobile money transfers usually done weekly.

Kiambu was one of the eight counties in which the programme was piloted during the first phase. Others were Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Mandera. 

Upon completion, the programme will enter into phase 2 which will be sponsored by the government of Kenya.

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