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Government moves to refurbish public schools under Kazi Mtaani programme

The Government has launched a new flagship activity under the National Hygiene Programme, popularly known as Kazi Mtaani focusing on giving public facilities a facelift and opening up of roads.

While launching the programme, today, at Nyabera Primary School in Kisumu town, Nyanza Regional Commissioner (RC), James Kianda, said the skilled youth working under the programme have started working on the refurbishment of the schools before their reopening once Covid-19 is contained.

He said the repainting exercise would be extended to public institutions, adding that the National Government was working with other partners including County Government and local leaders to supporting the programme by proving technical and material assistance.

He said under the 2nd phase, youth would also work on reopening of drainages, sweeping of roads and clearing of public parks among other duties.

The RC who was accompanied by the Kisumu County Commissioner, Susan Waweru and Kisumu East MP, Shakeel Shabir said the Kazi Mtaani program was also being used by the National Administration to mainstream Covid-19 protocols, saying this was important in sensitizing the youth and by extension their families in the containment of the pandemic and other vices.

Kianda raised concern over increasing cases of teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence, saying the government was using such forums to sensitize the youth against vices.

The RC said the program was also providing a form of social protection for workers whose prospects for daily or casual work has been disrupted by the containment policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 particularly those from informal settlements.

Area MP Shakeel Shabir made a personal donation of paint and brushes towards the venture and challenged his fellow leaders to follow suit and support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s flagship projects, including the Kazi Mtaani programme.

He told the leaders to make personal sacrifices instead of waiting for funds from the National government to support such programmes.

“I urge others leaders to join and donate paint and become part and parcel of the programme,” he added.

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