Govt To Finish Paying Kazi Mtaani Youth by Monday

Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga announced on Thursday evening, May 27, adding that Treasury had already released a budget for the initiative.

Govt To Finish Paying Kazi Mtaani Youth by Monday

The government has promised to settle arrears owed to the youth who participated in the Kazi Mtaani initiative by end of this month.

Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga announced on Thursday evening, May 27, adding that Treasury had already released a budget for the initiative.

PS Hinga also apologised to the youth for the delay in payment, further expressing gratitude to them for their patience.

Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga. /FILE

“To all Kazi Mtaani Youths, I sincerely apologize for the delayed payment and thank you for exercising patience. It was difficult to come back to you without a concrete way forward.

“I now confirm we have received a budget from Treasury and the process of paying the April arrears is underway and we expect to settle this by end month. The budget for the works completed last week will be made available very soon," he stated.

The PS went ahead to clarify that the Kazi Mtaani programme will be temporarily suspended at the end of June for fresh directions.

“The program will take a pause at the end of the current Cohort’s work to allow for closure of the financial year end of June. A new direction will be given on the way forward in the coming days," he added.

The PS had made a similar promise at the end of March following uproar from the youth who took part in the countrywide exercise, who decried that they had gone without pay for months.

In mid-February, Treasury CS Ukur Yattani had approved the release of Ksh7billion that was to be paid to 280,000 youth who signed up for the Kazi Mtaani Programme from 900 informal settlements that was rolled out in 2020.

The CS had revealed that the money was expected to improve the programme.

Ksh1 billion will be used to settle arrears owed to the youth who took part in the programme but had not been paid for months.

The programme was created in April 2020 to help youth that had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with each person earning Ksh560 per day while supervisors made Ksh505.

Under the program, the youth were expected to work for a maximum of 8 hours, five days a week. The program was divided into two phases, with phase I having the maximum number of days each individual works being 22 days.

Youth cleaning a ditch during the Kazi Mtaani exercise. /FILE