By KBC Reporter
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has asked leaders to stop politicking over the National Youth Service (NYS) programs.
Speaking at Musila Gardens in Mwingi during the disbursement of Uwezo fund cheques, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated that ongoing biometric registration of youths from communities engaged in the national youth service is not political.
The Cabinet Secretary disbursed the women enterprise fund (WEF) and youth enterprise development fund (YEDF) cheques worth a total of Kshs 11 685 000 to 109 groups in Kitui the CS said that the registration aims at reducing loopholes in accountability of NYS funds.
“The registration of youths is not a parallel 2017 voter registration as alleged by a section of leaders as reported by a section of the media but targets all parts of the country,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
Kariuki said that the NYS projects that were halted in November 2015 will resume soon after measures to ensure better accountability are in place.
She appealed to legislators to support implementation and complement the NYS programmes, Uwezo fund, WEF, YEDF in their areas in order to uplift the living standards of their constituents.
The CS further said the NYS is not partisan adding that a total of Kshs 5.3 billion has been disbursed through the Uwezo fund to support women and youth throughout the 290 constituencies in the country.
She added that 7.5 billion is yet to be disbursed to over 1.1 million women in the WEF and 10.9 billion to over 294 youths in the YEDF respectively since inception across the country.
She challenged the youth to take advantage of the youth enterprise development funds so as to benefit from the 30% tenders allocated to them by government worth millions of shillings.
Area MP Joe Mutambu, promised to work with the jubilee government and other development partners for the benefit of the residents.