NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24- Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga has announced the extension of Kaazi Mtaani programme until the end of next year in June, offering relief to thousands of youths enlisted in the project.
In a statement, Hinga said the Kazi Mtaani Phase 3 is expected to be “bigger and better” and will be implemented in over 900 informal settlements across all 47 counties.
“The expanded phase will equip the youth with skills aimed at creating job opportunities as well as enable them to engage in self-employment. The youth have also received extensive training on life skills such as setting up businesses, HIV/Aids prevention, mental health and counselling, and basic skills in masonry and carpentry,” he stated.
In the first and second phases of the programme, over 280,000 youths were employed from 1,100 informal settlements in the 47 counties.
They planted millions of trees, created access roads, rehabilitated public facilities, built public toilets, and cleaned informal settlements and rivers among other works.
Hinga pointed out that so far, over Sh10 billion has been utilized in the programme which has put food on the table of hundreds of thousands of Kenyans and enabled thousands of youths to start small thriving businesses after COVID-19 rendered many jobless.
“The government has rolled out a web-based application to recruit and pay youth across the country in the Kazi Mtaani programme to safeguard public funds,” said Hinga.
“The recruitment process, which started last Friday ahead of the official launch next month, is being carried out via an online registration portal known as Kazi Mtaani Management System (KMMS),” he said.
KMS is a mobile and web-based system developed by the Government of Kenya to register and manage Kazi Mtaani beneficiaries across the country. The web application will be used to register/recruit, process the data received from the mobile application, payments and reports; while the mobile application is used to collect workers, clock in and clock out and projects data.
The PS further stated that the web application will register/recruit, process the data received from the mobile application, payments and reports; while the mobile application is used to collect workers, clock in and clock out and projects data.
The Kazi Mtaani Program was launched in April 2020 as a local economic recovery initiative and a form of social protection designed to cushion the youth and vulnerable citizens in informal settlements.
During Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised that the Kazi Mtaani Project.