Leaders in Kajiado County have asked youth to register for Phase Three of the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative through the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ Management System portal.
The leaders made the call, following claims that there was low registration in the ongoing Phase Three of the Programme, despite availability of numerous opportunities in the program.
Led by Kajiado County Municipal Manager, Parismei Gitau, the leaders urged the unemployed youth in the county to apply for the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative, noting that it acts as an economic cushion to the most vulnerable youth in informal settlements, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Some youth claim that they are involved in crime because of lack of employment opportunities. We have lobbied for more slots in the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative from the initial 1,500 to the current 9,500 slots. Our concern now is that only a small number of youths have registered for the programme,” said Parismei.
According to Ngong Municipality Manager, David Kubai, the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative plays a significant role in youth empowerment by moulding the character of young people to help in reduction of crime rate among the youth.
“We anticipate that through the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative, young people will become responsible and stay away from crime and drugs because it reduces youth unemployment. The Kazi Mtaani initiative also helps the municipality to meet its goals of beautification of the county,” said Kubai.
The current statistics indicate that less than 3,000 youth in Kajiado have registered for the phase three of the initiative in the ongoing registration exercise.
The Third Phase that is expected to run until June 2022, will be implemented in over 900 informal settlements across all counties, to support malaria control efforts and stalled construction projects across the country.
By Amy Moyi