Kazi Mtaani program has been paused according to a report released by PS Charles Hinga Mwaura promising to clear arrears.
Through his Twitter Handle, PS Hinga stated that the Treasury has released funds that will be used to clear payments. He went ahead to apologize for the delay.
“To all Kazi Mtaani Youths, I sincerely apologize for the delayed payment and thank you for exercising patience. It was difficult to come back to you without a concrete way forward. 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,” he wrote.
He has however stated that Kazi Mtaani will be paused as they wait for a directive on the way forward.
“The program will take a pause at the end of the 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,” he stated.
Kazi mtaani program has attracted over 280,000 youths across the country. Most of them have been complaining about delayed payments for some time now.
The same delay happened in March to all Cohort A Kazi Mtaani youths but was paid after a day.
The National Treasury in February allocated an additional Sh7 billion for the Kazi Mtaani program to pay thousands of youth and scale up the initiative to cover the affordable housing project.
The supplementary budget that was tabled in Parliament highlighted that Sh1 billion will be used to pay youths who have gone without pay or received partial payments since last year.
“Sh1 billion is for the budget shortfall for the Kazi Mtaani program for payment of youth engaged in the program and “Sh6 billion for consolidation of Kazi Mtaani program under the State Department for Housing and Urban Development,” read the budget in part.
The youth had pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend the program. But now it is not clear when it will return as many youths continue to grapple with unemployment.