Members of Parliament demand that the Kazi Mtaani initiative launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta be halted. They are citing that the project was poorly planned and is an avenue to embezzle public funds.
According to the MPs, the initiative has caused more division among the youth as some were locked out of the programme.
The Kazi Mtaani initiative is a national hygiene programme that was launched in April and was to be rolled out in phases. Phase one of the project focused on 8 counties namely Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera.
Speaking on Wednesday during the third National Assembly leadership retreat, the lawmakers told Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani that the initiative is not viable and the government needs to go back to the drawing board in a bid to restructure the programme efficiently.
Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi said the government needs to check the value of the money paid to the youth and the work they do. He pointed out that the youth cannot be clearing the drainages everyday. They should instead be put to a task like making desks where their skills can be used or whose output can be measured.
Despite the complaints from the lawmakers, Treasury CS said the program will continue until the end of the year as intended in order to assist the youth get back to their feet after the effects of Covid-19.
While admitting there were shortcomings in the project, Yattani responded saying the government had put in place measures to ensure it goes on smoothly.
“We have put up accountability measures that that will be rolled out soon so that the program can continue until the economy stabilized and the people can go back to their jobs,” Mr Yatani said.