Youths threaten to down tools over delayed payment

National youth service projects in Ugenya constituency may grind to a halt following a threat by the youth recruited to down tools over delayed payment.

Led by Samuel Obok they lamented that they have not been paid their dues for the last five weeks and were finding it difficult to continue

Speaking at Mahawa village in West Ugenya ward, the youths who have been recruited to dig trenches under the NYS’ Milambo dam project, Obok said that despite working hard, they have always been skipped when it comes to payment while well connected ones were getting their dues promptly.

He expressed fear that there could be ghost workers benefitting from the programme as the genuine workers are left to suffer.

Obok said they were shocked when a section of the people who were picked as the genuine cohorts of the NYS right from the start of the project also found their names missing by the time of payment.

The youths who have been earning Ksh 1,650 per week lamented that their efforts to get assistance from their immediate supervisor and the relevant offices have often proved futile.

The project secretary Mr. Eliud Onyango Odhiambo admitted that a few youths have not been paid their dues, but attributed this to irregularities which had been discovered in their registration details.

He revealed that some of the youths were registered with ID numbers and phone numbers of their relatives while others had double registered hence rejection by the payment system.

Ugenya MP David Ochieng has however called on them to remain calm, noting that he is following the issue with the NYS headquarters to ensure the problem is sorted out once and for all.

Ochieng said that the NYS project has employed over 500 youths across the constituency and that only 17 are affected.

Source: Kenya News Agency