NYS is not militia group
25 June 2015, 10:29
Nairobi - The Jubilee Government has dismissed claims by the opposition coalition, CORD, that the government is using the National Youth Service (NYS) as a militia group.
President Uhuru Kenyatta further asked youths not to be misused by politicians to cause chaos in the country.
"Youths should not accept to misled and misused to cause chaos in the country. The Government is committed to helping all youths across the country by empowering them economically," said President Uhuru.
He was speaking in Kakamega town where he said the Jubilee government will work with all Kenyans to ensure all parts of this country are developed.
Deputy President, William Ruto dismissed the opposition for alleging that NYS is a government youth militia set to cause trouble during the 2017 general elections.
"Youths in this country are not goons, criminals or militia. Political leaders should not misuse them for their personal gain. The Jubilee Government is determined to empower all youths in the country through NYS," said Ruto.
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Ruto said parts of the country which had not been developed have been transformed through projects initiated by the government through NYS.
"The government will continue to support youths through 30 percent government procurement opportunities meant for youths, women and people living with disabilities, Uwezo fund and youth enterprise fund so that youths can take part in developing this nation economically," he said.
"We cannot afford to call our youths a militia group or criminals yet they are the hope of this country," he cautioned.
The President and his Deputy were reacting to allegations by the opposition that NYS has been turned to a militia group to favor the government.
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