The PS elaborated that being a social protection Program, all the youths engaged will be paid a revised rate of Sh455 per day and it will be released biweekly through mobile money transfers.

The Government has set aside Sh10 billion that will be used to settle the workers claims in the Kazi Mtaani Program.

Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai says that the second phase of Kazi Mtaani Program which kicked off in July will run for six and a half months.

Speaking in Bungoma while launching the National Hygiene Program (Kazi Mtaani) Kimtai stated that the Program is meant to cushion youths against unemployment and the global pandemic Covid-19.

He stated that the slowdown of economic activities across the country and across all sectors due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has led to a depressed state of tge economy hence the increased cases of unemployment.

He said that the incidences of unemployment is very severe in the sluns and informal settlements as most residents have been exposed by the vagaries of economy as a result household incomes have been affected negatively.

He observed that Kazi Mtaani is essentially an extended public works project aimed at utilizing labour-intensive approaches to create sustainable public good in the urban developmeny sector.

“The Program is designed to cushion the most needy and vulnerable but ablebodied citizens living in informal settlements from combined effects and response strategies of Covid-19 pandemic,” the PS elaborated

“Through this initiative, residents from informal settlements are recruited to undertake projects concentrated in and around informal settlements to improve their environment, service delivery infrastructure and providing income generation opportinities,” he said.

Kimtai pointed out that the first phase of Kazi Mtaani kicked off at the end of April 2020 and ended in June as a pilot Program and focused on select informal settlements in eight counties.

The select counties included Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera.

“The Program benefited over 31,648 workers from 34 informal settlements in the targeted counties, the second phase has been expanded to cover all 47 counties and seeks to employ over 283,000 workers supervisors included from informal settlements to engage in more urban development projects,”.

The PS elaborated that being a social protection Program, all the youths engaged will be paid a revised rate of Sh455 per day and it will be released biweekly through mobile money transfers.

“All of the engaged youths in the Kazi Mtaani Program will work on shifts of two weeks on and two weeks off to allow the Program to reach more young people,” said Kimtai.

He pointed out that the activities that was undertaken during the first phase included drainage unclogging, garbage collection, bush clearing, fumigation and disinfection.

“The second phase will entail a more sustainable approach which targets legacy projects such as beautification of urban areas (Tree planting), construction of access roads using cobblestones, upgrading of roads and rehabilitation of public facilities such as schools and hospitals in slum, informal and urban areas,” said the PS.

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