It is a sigh of relief for thousands of Kenyan youths who participated in the Kazi Mtaani programme after the government promised to pay them by end of the month.
Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said on Thursday that the ministry had received a budget from Treasury, and the process of paying the youth the April arrears is underway.
“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,” said PS Hinga.
PS apologises to Kazi Mtaani youth for delayed payment
While apologising to all Kazi Mtaani youths for the delayed payments and exercising patience, PS Hinga clarified that the programme will be taking a pause, and not stopped, at the end of 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. I take this opportunity to thank you all for being part of this program,” added PS Hinga.
Lat week, over 280,000 youths from across the 47 counties in the country had taken to streets, protesting against the delayed April payment.
They raised concerns that the delay had made life difficult for them.