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Poverty push Makueni Youth to Crime

Accordingly, Kibwezi West Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Patrick Musimba said that there was need to empower vulnerable youth to start income generating projects that would make them be self-reliant and avoid dependence.

“We want the youth to form groups to enable them access monies in the Youth, Women and Uwezo Funds and start income generating projects to uplift their living standards,” said Musimba during a three day workshop forum on combating and prevention of violent extremism on Thursday.

Speaking during the event organized by the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) headed by Mr. Njenga Miiri, the MP said that they will supplement government efforts to ensure that the people in the area are well informed on matters terrorism.

Speaking during the same event, his Makueni counterpart Daniel Maanzo said terrorism has impacted negatively on the country as we have lost lives and property during attacks the past.

Maanzo emphasized on the need for all county residents and the country at large to be well grounded with information on how to combat terrorism.

“Recent attacks have caused a lot of harm to the country, we all need to be alert. You must be ready and know your neighbor more than ever before,” he said.

On his part, the County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed directed chiefs and their assistants to ensure they sensitized wananchi on counter terrorism measures in every baraza they hold and give their reports on monthly basis.

Other leaders who had attended the three day event included Makueni Women representative Rose Museo, Mbooni MP Erastus Kevasu and his Kaiti counterpart Joshua Kimilu. They all pledged support to the new initiative of combating terrorism.

The County governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana who graced the event called for concerted efforts to combat terrorism, adding that such awareness should be taken to the lowestlevel in rural areas.

By Patrick Nyakundi

 

 

 

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