The National Hygiene Program dubbed Kazi Mtaani starts on Monday, according to the State Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary Charles Hinga.
The Kazi Mtaani project will see more than 270, 000 Kenyans absorbed in the national programme with a Ksh10 billion budget outlay as recently announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In the first phase of Kazi Mtaani programme, 31, 689 Kenyans in 8 counties worked on the program to ensure the most vulnerable but able-bodied citizens are cushioned from the covid-19 pandemic.
The second phase will be overseen by the County Implementation Committees (CICs), led by respective County Commissioners.
The County Secretaries will act as Deputy Chairs and County Directors of Housing will serve as secretaries to the CICs.
According to Charles Hinga, the Kazi Mtaani programme will expand to 47 counties and will employ workers from informal settlements and rural settings.
“The Kazi Mtaani national technical committee has prepared robust work plans that will see more than 270, 000 Kenyans earning Ksh 455 daily wage and engage in more community and infrastructure development projects,” Hinga said.
“The objective of Kazi Mtaani is to provide a form of social protection for workers whose prospects for daily or casual work has been disrupted by the containment policies put in place to limit the spread of covid-19,” Hinga said.
The Kazi Mtaani programme is aimed at helping workers whose casual work has been disrupted by the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties that was lifted on July 6 by Uhuru.
The first phase of the programme focused on informal settlements in counties such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera.
In Nairobi, more than 12,000 Kenyans living in Mathare, Kibera, Mukuru and Korogocho were enlisted in the first phase.
They did daily sanitation and environment preservation duties in the respective settlements.