President Ruto offers new jobs to young people after Kazi Mtaani ban


President William Ruto announced on Sunday October 30 that all young people who worked in the Kazi Mtaani will be absorbed into another program.

Addressing a congregation while in Kandara constituency, the Head of State noted that plans were underway for young people to pledge to plant trees.

He further explained that the new scheme would save the country from the adverse effects of climate change that parts of Kenya are experiencing.

Ruto revealed that the program was part of his regime’s grand plan to plant 5 billion trees before the end of his first term.

Young people involved in unclogging a drain as part of the Kazi Mtaani programme.


He hinted that the new program will be titled ‘Kazi ya Mazingira.’

“We have decided as a government that we want to join with all Kenyan citizens to plant 5 million trees over the next five years. Each of us, county governments, national government, all other agencies, the private sector and all other traders will unite to plant trees to restore our rivers.

“Those jobs we had as Kazi Mtaani will be Kazi ya Mazingira. All the young people we employed in Kazi Mtaani will be employed to plant trees. We have to make sure we have enough trees,” the president said.

He further noted that to ensure that enough seedlings are produced, his allies in the National Assembly would amend the law to increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) that they manage.

The funds would then be donated to women’s and youth groups.

“We have agreed to change the law to add money to the CDF to help MPs offer money to mothers’ groups and youth groups to produce tree seedlings.

“If we don’t change our environment, climate change is a reality we have to live with,” added the head of state.

On October 25, President Ruto banned Kazi Mtaani, saying the project was outdated, promising to introduce better projects for young people, including affordable housing.

“Kazi Mtaani is overwhelmed now, the job is now to build these houses, and the first people to get jobs in this project will be from Kibra,” Ruto said, adding that the number of young employees under the Kazi Mtaani program was minimal.

President William Ruto speaking after the Cabinet Secretaries swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

President William Ruto speaking after the Cabinet Secretaries swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2022.


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