Kazi Mtaani youth protest payment delay

Former Kajiado North DCC Tom Anjera , Ngong Municipality Manager David Kobaai and Director Housing (Kajiado) Ruth Njoroge address youth recruited in Kazi Mtaani . Photo File

By Collins Ochieng’

Thousands of youths across the country have been left imperiled following delay of Kazi  Mtaani payment.

The delay is one month long with the second lot expected to resume work without payment, the first lot is owed sh 10,000 per person.

The supervisors who manage the two lots for 11 days each have expressed their anger and frustrations to the National Government for the delay.

In Kajiado and Narok Counties several wards have witnessed low turnout of youths unlike before due to pending salary that has demoralized them.

The delay has posed a threat to the project. At the same time, a source that seeks anonymity revealed that chiefs in sub locations are avoiding meeting the youths since they feel the youths can engage them in running battles over the issue.

“We are facing hard time to manage this work bearing in mind the people you are in charge of have not been paid for a month, therefore dealing with them for now is harder since they have needs that they have not met thus demoralizing,’’ said Bonface Otieno, a superviser.

With the rains continuing to be experienced in most parts of the country, it is causing havoc due to floods as people are displaced at the same time drainage systems are blocked due to presence of plastics, nylons and glasses that hinders the flow.

Youths for the past 10 months have played a critical in resolving environmental problems such as cleaning, planting trees among others hence mitigating crimes such as stealing and drug abuse.

The State Department of Housing and Urban Development PS Charles Hinga was quoted saying efforts were being made to finalise and effect the payment. He urged the youths to remain patient.

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