A section of youths in Kaptembwa, Nakuru West Sub County have expressed dissatisfaction in the criteria being used to to select beneficiaries of Kazi Mtaani program.
Addressing media on Thursday at Heshima Primary after holding peaceful demonstrations over the same, they said the program lacks transparency and that the local administrators who are charged with the responsibility are using the program to extort money and enrich themselves.
The youths say it is two months down the line and those who were enrolled are still benefiting leaving out others contrary to what the program was meant for.
Led by Caroline Akinyi, they say they have been visiting Chief’s office and raising the same all seems to be in vain.
Akinyi admits that she has attempted thrice to see if she can get a slot but all has been in vain citing lack of transparency in the program.
“We are calling on the national government and even the President to hear our cry and visit Nakuru West to help us address this issue because we are being locked out” she said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru Town West ODM politician Hezron Okiki who addressed the residents.
Okiki faulted those in charge of the program for locking out the youths.
He noted that when the government rolled out the program it was meant to alleviate poverty but this is not the case as those who were to benefit are left out.
The politician claims that the youths are being asked to part with between Ksh.1, 000 to 2,000 in order to get the job.
“As leaders from Nakuru West we will not sit down and watch these injustices happen. We are saying let the procedure be followed in the whole program and let there be transparency” he said.
Similar complaints have also been raised by a section of youths who had applied for the job in Nakuru Town East after they were locked out of the program.
Ironically, last week in a joint presser, area MPs Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East) had lauded the program saying it has transformed livelihoods.