The Mandera County has launched the Kazi mtaani initiative to help cushion livelihoods among area youths.
The countrywide programme will see some 648 youths from the county benefit from manual jobs to eke a living.
The Mandera County Commissioner (CC), Onesmus Kyatha said the programme which was initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta would assist youths who have been heavily affected by job cuts following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Kyatha noted that Bulla Jamhuria and Shafshafey locations youths were the most affected.
“The youths were chosen from Bulla Jamhuria and Shafshafey locations by community policing elders to help them make a living and their pay will be transferred to them after finishing daily job through mobile money (Mpesa),” said Kyatha.
Their job will include fumigating public places, garbage collection, clearing bushes and unblocking sewerage lines, where roads engineers will guide them on what to do.
Mandera is among the five counties that have been adversely affected by spread of Covid-19 after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi.
By Dickson Githaiga