UHURU may sack everybody in NYS if he hears of this as youths lose millions in the project he launched himself-Heads must roll and people must be jailed

Thursday January 31, 2019-Embattled National Youth Service (NYS) is in the news again for the wrong reasons.

This is after it emerged that a cleanup initiative that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014, in Kibera, Nairobi, is a cradle of another corruption scandal, where destitute youths have lost millions of shillings in savings.

Uhuru had launched the initiative in conjunction with the National Youth Service (NYS) as a solution to the unemployment problem, especially among the youth who came from slum areas.

“3,000 young men and women in Kibera will be engaged in the project where part of their wages will be saved into a fund to enable them to continue with income generating activities after the programme ends,” stated the President during the launch.

The relative success of the project led to the creation of a saving fund named, NYS Sacco, where each member was expected to save Ksh141.40 out of their daily earnings which was Ksh450 each.

“After the NYS project came to an end, we started following up on the savings we had made with the Saccos during the projects.”

“We needed the money to continue with projects (ablution blocks, posho mills and fish ponds) left unfinished when the NYS programme was halted.”

“These were our ideas and we thought the savings would bring them to life and continue being a source of income to the members but the money is nowhere to be found,” narrated a Sacco member.

With 3,000 youth working under the initiative, the total contributions are estimated to have reached be Ksh152 million during the 18 month period in the Kibera area alone.


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