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Joho angers youth over lack of county jobs

20 March 2015, 21:59 Mbung'u Harrison

Nairobi - Youth from Mombasa's Shimanzi and Makupa areas have accused governor Ali Hassan Joho for failing to honour his promise of jobs in the county government.

The youth shocked Joho who had attended a street lighting project at the Asian Quarters area, when they issued a one week ultimatum for him to explain as to why he was unable to fulfill his promises.

The meeting which was also attended by members of parliament, was disrupted for few minutes when the angry youth demanded Joho come up with a solution to joblessness in the region.

Police from Makupa police station contained the situation and the meeting went on well after the area ward representativesdemanded representation of their youth in the county government.

Shimazi and King’orani area of Mvita constituency has in the past faced with issues of drug and substance abuse issues a move that has caused increased crime within the area.

 “The lives of youth here are deteriorating by the day, we people from Kingorani and Shimanzi have not had representation in the county government and what we want to ask is jobs, not only from the county government, but at least from the companies around, ” said Ward rep Nasir Mohamed Shimanzi.

Joho however defended himself by blaming the commission of revenue allocation for very little allocation set to the county government.

“We have only KES 4B every year, and so when I employ people what will I pay them with? We have to make our judgments right, what is needed is for us to come together and utilize the little we have,” said Joho.

The Mvita Member of parliament said plans are underway to ensure all youths are represented.

The leaders said the KES 30 million lighting project which is a collaboration between the Mombasa county government, the Mvita constituency CDF and the Kenya Power Company coastal region is set to create a good business environment and reduce crime in the region.

The Mombasa County Government has invested in 1000 streetlights while the Mvita CDF matched the offer with 1000 more, a move which is set to increase the power bills payed to KPLC by the county government.

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