President William Ruto has on 25th October abolished the Kazi Mtaani projects, and along this gave his reasons for the move. Ruto halted the Uhuru Kenyatta project that has given the youth a source of income, saying that the youth will now direct their energy towards building houses, instead of collecting garbage.
The President spoke at the groundbreaking of Soweto East Zone B Social Housing, Kibra, Nairobi County.
He stated that youth from Kibra and Lang’ata will be given first priority to work on the housing project.
Decent homes for all Kenyans as more youth are employed
“Kazi Mtaani is now outdated, the Kazi Mtaani of collecting garbage will not be the case, the building will now be our business and the first people to get jobs in this project will be from Kibra,” he said.
“The housing programme is not just about houses; it also gives us an opportunity for employment.”
Ruto proceeded to say that in this new programme, there will be 2500 employed youth, 500 from each ward. He further stated that the new program would be rolled out in other areas, so that everyone could access a decent home.
“We want to make this programme a reality, we want every Kenyan to own a decent home, I have talked with governors from various counties to start sparing land that we will use on affordable housing as we want to change the faces of all cities in Kenya”
Kazi Mtaani budget reduced
This new tenure by H.E. Dr. William Ruto comes 6 months after the reduction of the Kazi Mtaani phase III budget by Ksh.1 billion. This was done by the national assembly in the rule of former president Uhuru Kenyatta.
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With the increased number of employees set to be taken up by the tenure, the budget may go high depending on the wages the youth are to be paid.
What was the Kazi Mtaani average wage?
Phase 1 of the tenure saw employees get aa stipend of Ksh.653 per day in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Other municipalities paid Ksh.53 less.
In phase 2, the salary was reduced to a mean of Ksh.455 per day in all municipalities across the country.
Phase 3 salaries remained at Ksh.455 for workers and Ksh.505 for supervisors. This phase had the highest recruitment number, at 533,608 youth, whereas phase 2 had around 280,000 employed youth.
The new tenure by William Ruto is among the initiatives by the Kenya kwanza to provide decent affordable housing to all Kenya residents whilst providing youths with a place to earn a living