After the success of the first cohort of the Kazi Mtaani Programme that saw some 26,000 youth secure employment, the government has expanded the initiative to cover all counties with 270,000 jobs up for grabs.
In a statement on Tuesday, June 30, a representative from the program noted that the state had set aside Ksh10 billion for the project.
So far, employment created from the initiative has significantly reduced crime in the areas it was rolled out as well as accorded the youth a chance to earn.
“Another key aspect was to ensure the economic side of it. We needed to create a situation whereby we give some young people money to take home.
“The Kazi Mtaani Programme has created more than we bargained for. Some of the things we were not focusing on was the reduction in crime. I have been made to understand that the level of crime has gone down with the fact that our youth are now engaged,” he stated.
“We are happy to report that we are going to have Phase 2 and the government has set aside Ksh10 billion,” he added.