ICT & Innovation PS has on Monday revealed that the Kazi Mtaani Initiative will employ up to 300,000 more youth as it enters another phase. The initiative was initiated after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an economic stimulus package to cushion vulnerable Kenyans against the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking after he inspected the programme in Obunga informal settlement, Kisumu County, Ochieng’ indicated that the programme had lived up to its intentions by cushioning many young people from the adverse economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged the globe.
Inspected the Kazi Mtaani Program in Obunga informal settlement in Kisumu county. The program has cushioned residents from the adverse economic effects of Covid-19 while ensuring improved hygiene and sanitation.@MoICTKenya @mucheru pic.twitter.com/Kk2JqdA0Fa
— PS Jerome Ochieng, CBS (@jeroch1) June 29, 2020
Upon its conception, the intitative embarked on a recruitment exercise targeting young people from informal settlements in urban areas and also in the rural setting. Young people from 8 counties participated in the pilot programme before the first phase was rolled out, engaging more than 31,689 local youth. As the programme gears up towards the second phase, the PS explained that ten times more young people would be recruited, bringing the number to over 300,000. The youth will be paid Sh658 per day. This is expected to begin on 6th July 2020.
Ochieng’ indicated that the programme had reduced crime as young men were now gainfully occupied.