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Uhuru: NYS not a military scheme

03 October 2014, 17:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on has stated that he is not looking to, “militarize the youth,” through the National Youth Service (NYS) rebranding campaign.

President Kenyatta who was speaking when he hosted 800 high school students graduating under the President’s Award Scheme said the NYS programme and goal of growing the number of recruits drafted by five times from 4,000 to 20,000 was simply aimed at constructively engaging the youth for the benefit of the country.

"I am not militarizing the youth. What they are doing is good for them and the country," he said.

He gave as an example the clean-up exercise the current NYS recruits were currently undertaking in the Kibera slum. A slum he said had been neglected by previous leaders.

"You can see the job they are doing there. Is that not for the benefit of the people of Kenya?," he posed.

He added that those who volunteer to work for a better Kenya should be given priority when it comes to getting jobs that pay.

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"I call on the private sector to supplement the government’s efforts at empowering the youth through the NYS, the Uwezo fund and policy that 30 percent of all government contracts go to the youth by providing such opportunities as mentorship," he said.

"The private sector has many wonderful statements of corporate social responsibility goals: they would be even wonderful if they recorded achievements for our youth," he added.

The NYS has re-branded, with the aim of ensuring many more youth get the opportunity to get skills that they would normally not get anywhere else and for no fee.

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