At least 2300 residents in Tharaka Nithi County will benefit from the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative rolled out by President Uhuru Kenyatta to assist Kenyan youth whose livelihoods had been disrupted by the Covid-19 health crisis.
Speaking to reporters shortly after holding a meeting with National Government Administration Officers from the entire county at Chuka University on Monday, the Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner (CC), Ms. Beverly Opwora said the programme is targeting the vulnerable youth between the age of 18-35.
Ms. Opwora pledged that the recruitment exercise will be free from any political interference adding the placement will be done through digital technology.
“This recruitment is for the vulnerable people, those who are in real need especially those whose head of the family are not employed, which also means that the youth should only register in their locations and no one from another location should be recruited, ” said the CC.
She said to facilitate the program, area chiefs will work together with youth representatives and women representatives in the locations and also the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ members to ensure they identify deserving needy families.
Ms. Opwora further urged the youth who will get the opportunities to take advantage and open businesses for their future well being or form groups for agribusiness besides registering themselves to benefit with other funds administered by the government.
She further revealed that there is no education qualification needed which means the youth who are always left out because of their education level could now come forward.
The CC also revealed that those who have already graduated from the National Youth Service Cohorts programme will be considered for supervisory opportunities since they already have the necessary skills.
By David Mutwiri/Monicah Nyagah