The Makonde community living in Kwale County Saturday received with pomp and dance news of the recruitment of 200 youths into the National Youth Service Empowerment Program.
The community that was recently granted citizenship rights was for the first time, since its migration from Mozambique, being enlisted in government employment as part of their rights as bona fide Kenyans.
This was in line with a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the youth from the community that is now Kenya’s 43rd tribe be accorded affirmative action by being given priority in recruitment into the disciplined forces in 2017 to uplift their living standards after many years of marginalization.
Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ms. Sicily Kariuki who officially launched the programme at Sawasawa grounds in Msambweni, lauded President Kenyatta for considering the plight of the community.
Ms. Kariuki, was accompanied by her Cabinet colleagues, Mr. Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Mr. Eugene Wamalwa (Water), Mr. Dan Kazungu (Mining), and Kwale Women Rep Ms. Zeinab Chidzuga.
The leaders took advantage of the recruitment of the Makonde youth to campaign for Jubilee’s re-election.
You must show patriotism and loyalty to your country now that you are Kenyan citizens enjoying government services by voting for Uhuru, Ms. Kariuki said.
She cautioned the community against being politically swayed by self-seekers and instead make the right choice by supporting the ruling Jubilee party.
The CS lauded the program saying it had directly and positively impacted the youth adding there was so far no other initiative that has done the same.
Chidzuga thanked the government for initiating the programme that had benefitted youth through skills development and employment.
Source: Kenya News Agency