Youths in Mombasa demonstrate over NYS dues
05 August 2016, 18:57
Mombasa - Over 600 Mombasa youths contracted by National Youth Service (NYS) held a demonstration on Friday over unpaid dues.
The youths whose contract expired on Friday are demanding their outstanding five week wages amounting to over half a million shillings, while some are demanding 10 weeks wages.
The youth were contracted to clear bushes, unblock drainages and repair roads in different areas within Mombasa County.
Apart from salaries, the team is demanding over KSH. 300,000 deducted for their SACCO savings saying that the amount was never remitted to their respective SACCOs accounts despite deductions.
Of the KSH. 471 paid to a worker daily, KSH141 is deducted and retained by the Ministry of Devolution, which is supposed to transfer the money to SACCOs formed by the youths.
Mombasa Youth Coordinator Mirajj Abdillahi and Jubilee politicians Mohammed Tenge called for state intervention.
“We fear that we won’t be paid because our contracts expire today,” said Mirajj at the Treasury Square garden in Mombasa.
Mirajj expressed her concerns that the youths might cause chaos or disrupt the NYS projects should the state fail to pay them their dues.
Tenge who is also Mvita parliamentary aspirant sympathized with the group and assured the youths that he will engage Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to increase the numbers of next recruits from 600 to 1,350 and pay their wages on time as well.
He said representatives will be selected to lead talks with Kiunjuri next week over the stalemate.
The youths who spoke to the media Wondered why they have not been paid for five weeks and others over ten weeks and urged the government through Cabinet Secretary Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri to look into their matter so that they can embark on their own initiatives of making a living.
“This Jubilee funded project is for all irrespective of your political affiliations. It is our duties as leaders to ensure you get its benefits,” the Mvita parliamentary aspirant said.
“Next week we will meet Kiunjuri and I assure you your dues will be settled.”
Tenge urged the youths to embrace dialogue and avoid violence.
This is not the first time the group is demonstrating over dues.
The Youth Empowerment Programme started in Kibera, Nairobi with 3,500 young people in 2014 and later spread to Mathare, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Korogocho and Kiandutu slums.
It was later rolled out in 69 other constituencies in 2015 by the former devolution Cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru
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