NAIROBI – Youth who take part in the Kazi Mtaani programme have all the reasons to smile after the treasury approved money towards payment of their arrears for the month of April.
In a tweet Thursday May 27, Principal Secretary in the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, Charles Hinga said the payment process had began after they received the budget.
The PS apologised for the delay by the government in paying the arrears, and at the same time thanked the youth for exercising patience during the wait.
The youths will start receiving their pay at the end of the month with arrangements to pay for works completed in the last weeks also being finalised.
However, Hinga said the programme will take a pause at the end of the current cohorts work to allow for closure of the financial year ending June.
He added that the government will issue a new directive after the break regarding the Kazi Mtaani programme.
This comes amid protests from over 280,000 Youths across the country after their payment delayed.
The youths claimed that the delay made it worse for them to meet their basic needs and livelihoods.
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.PS Charles Hinga
The Kazi Mtaani programme employs 283,210 youths countrywide where for 11 days every month workers earn Sh455 daily while supervisors take home Sh505 each per day.
The initiative involves activities such as construction of access roads, clearing of drainages, tree planting, and garbage collection in their localities.
It was designed to cushion the most vulnerable youth in the informal settlements from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
This National Hygiene Program was unveiled in 2020 by President Uhuru Kenyatta and was extended in March this year after pleas from the youth.