Beneficiaries of the government’s Kazi Mtaani program in Laikipia County have lauded the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend the National Hygiene Programme which was to end next month.
The president made the announcement on Friday at Soweto Hospital, Kayole, where he had gone to commission the newly constructed level three medical facility.
The group drawn Nyahururu Sub County say the move by the president was well informed as the programme was their source of livelihood as the country battles with the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
For George Wachira and Anne Wanjiru, who are residents of Maina village in the outskirts of Nyahururu town, the programme has transformed their lives through savings accrued from the income they get.
Maina location Senior Chief Joseph Muraya Waithaka and Laikipia MCA Irene Wachuka, said the programme came as a relieve to the youths and young women, who would otherwise be wallowing in frustrations and anti-social behaviors due to lack of job opportunities.
The programme which is under the State Department of Housing and Urban Development was to end on March 4. It was unveiled by the President in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic to help Kenyans access basic needs.
Beneficiaries are paid a weekly stipend through mobile money transfer service M-Pesa. The project is located in 23 informal settlements and seeks to improve urban infrastructure and services.
The project aims to reach 669,000 households across all the 290 constituencies with the current payroll figure standing at 341,958 households. Out of the Kshs. 10 billion allocated for the purpose of cushioning the elderly, orphans and vulnerable members of the society .the government had earmarked Kshs. 1.3 billion for phase one , Kshs 2.4 billion and Kshs .5.6 billion for phase three of the programme.