A total of 221 youths will be hired under the Kazi Mtaani Programme in Elgeyo Marakwet County to replace those who exited from the programme to go back to college.
The programme which previously covered Keiyo North Sub County will now be extended to Chebiemit and Kapsowar settlements in Marakwet West Sub County according to the County Commissioner Dr Ahmed Omar.
Speaking at the County Commissioner’s hall in Iten, Omar said that they have been given the go-ahead by the national secretariat to incorporate more youth into the programme to fill the gaps left by those who quit.
The CC added that they are also seeking permission from the national secretariat to incorporate more settlements in the programme with the arrangements for the same currently being finalized.
“Once everything is in place we will give proper feedback,” Omar said.
Omar however said that the Kazi Mtaani programme in the county mainly focuses on the environment with planting of trees being their main focus.
He said that there are 12.5 million tree seedlings at the various nurseries established by the youth under the Kazi Mtaani programme awaiting planting which will commence as from next week.
“The planting will be done in a decentralized manner in different forests but at the same time while observing the Covid-19 regulations,” added the County Commissioner.
“This is to avoid having many people gathering in one same place,” the County Commissioner said.
He said that the tree seedlings have over grown adding that this was the right time to plant them with onset of the long rains.
By Rennish Okong’o