Youths under the NYS program protest in Mombasa

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By Roncliff Odit

Over 600 youths under the National Youth Service (NYS) program have taken to the streets in Mombasa demanding unpaid dues.

The group camped at the Treasury Square grounds in the Central Business District and sought audience with officials of the national government.

They claim their daily contributions to SACCOS are not being remitted.

The youths from Mvita Constituency in Mombasa County were up in arms claiming they were contracted to clear bushes, unblock drainages and repair roads in the area but have not been paid since completing their work.

Of serious concern is allegations that over Kshs 300,000 deducted at the rate of 141 shillings daily from their dues has never been remitted to their respective SACCOS as stipulated in the contract.

Mombasa politician Mohamed Tenge called on the national government and the Ministry concerned to take measures aimed at dealing with the matter effectively.

The youth empowerment program started with Kibera in Nairobi with 3,500 young people being enrolled in 2014, the program later spread to Mathare, Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Korogocho slums, before being rolled over to 69 other constituencies in 2015.

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