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Over 20,000 youth set for Kazi Mtaani programme in Vihiga

A total of 21,075 youth in Vihiga County will be enrolled into the National Hygiene Programme popularly known as Kazi Mtaani.

Area County Commissioner Ochilo Oyugi speaking during a press briefing in his Mbale office Friday, said most of youth earmarked for the initiative will be drawn from informal settlements within the county and will be engaged public hygiene duties including cleaning and infrastructural activities.

He said the recruitment process for beneficiaries of the Programme for the region will soon kick off and will involve several steps.

“The initial step will involve members of the Nyumba Kumi clusters who have been tasked with identifying and generating lists for proposed beneficiaries,” disclosed Oyugi, adding the proposed names would be forwarded to the Sub County verification and validation committees.

The Sub County validation committees will involve respective Deputy County Commissioners, Members of Parliaments (MP), Members of County Assembly (MCAs), Sub County Youth Officers as well as youth, church and women representatives.

Both skilled and unskilled youth will be recruited into the Kazi Mtaani programme, added Oyugi, while urging the recruitment committees to be fair so as to ensure all villages are covered.

The county commissioner disclosed his office had already identified the informal settlements across the county where the recruited youth will be deployed, including those in Majengo and Mbale towns in Vihiga Sub County, Chavakali and Mudete (Sabatia Sub County), Mumboha in Luanda, Ematinda and Enaya (Luanda) and Cheptulu, Jevovole, Serem and Jivogi in Hamisi Sub County.

“The national government’s main objective is to put money into pockets of youth as it struggles to address economic challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Oyugi pointed out.

By Maurice Aluda

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