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Youths Demand For their Dues

03 August 2012, 14:50 Steve Wambugu

80 members of a self help group in Nakuru  have called on the government to investigate its operations after it emerged that the self help group could be a Hurb of Conmen targeting UN employed youth .  

About 50 angry youth stormed the Rabbi Shalom self help (SHG) group offices located at Bellion house demanding that the management refunds them their contributions amounting to over 100,000/=.

They accused the group Chair lady Sheilla Wanjiku of taking them for a ride by failing to disclose how they will be earning 14,000/- salaries stipulated in their appointments yet the group has no investments  .

They said that initially they had been informed that the SHG was a donor funded initiative that was to be involved in creating capacity awareness in youth and also get involved in Counselling and poverty eradication programmes- only for the mission to end unaccomplished .

They questioned why the SHG was operating without a bank account yet it had been registered by the Ministry of Gender VIDA certificate no. 318483 dated 09-07-2012.

Cash deposit slips provided Sheila showed that she banks the groups contributions in her personal bank account in a bank in Nakuru.
Contacted for comment, the group chairlady was at pains to explain the mode of operations of the group .

She was lost of words as journalists sought to know how the group started operating almost two months ago yet its certificate of registration is dated 09-07-2012.

She said that to begin with, they had opted to register as a shg  as plans were still, under way to obtain a certificate of incorporation to enable them operate like a company .

Those recruited to the group are required to cough 1700/=, where 200/=  is receipted as registration fee while 1500/- is kept as “ an investment”

Each youth is required to recruit a minimum of 10 youth in order to qualify for a 14000/ salary-an issue that drew the suspicion of many today.

two weeks ago police invaded the offices following similar complains by members of the public but those arrested were later released in unclear circumstances .

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