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3,500 youths set for empowerment as Uhuru launches Mukuru kwa Njenga, Korogocho and Mathare slum upgrade projects

The government will employ 3,500 youths to help the National Youth Service upgrade slums in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Youth Empowerment Programme in Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Youth Empowerment Programme in Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Photo/PSCU

Uhuru said the income generating programmes will be extended to all counties to keep youths from engaging in unlawful activities.

He was speaking during the launch of Mukuru kwa Njenga, Korogocho and Mathare slum upgrade programmes on Tuesday.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Devolution CS Anne Waiguru after he launched the Youth Empowerment Programme in Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Photo: PSCU

Uhuru Kenyatta and Devolution CS Anne Waiguru after he launched the Youth Empowerment Programme in Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Photo: PSCU

He addressed crowds at Kwa Njenga primary school, Korogocho and Kiboro grounds.

The youths will participate in clean-ups, road construction, street lighting, the construction of medical clinics and police posts.

“As a Government, we are committed to ensuring equitable development in informal settlements and all other parts of the country,” he said.

Uhuru asked cabinet secretaries to take their mandate to improve the lives of Kenyans seriously.

President Uhuru Kenyatta having a word with Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki when he arrived at Kiboro grounds in Mathare constituency to launch the Youth Empowerment Programme. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta having a word with Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki when he arrived at Kiboro grounds in Mathare constituency to launch the Youth Empowerment Programme. Photo/PSCU

“You deliver or quit,” he said.

He regretted that the informal settlements in which 75 per cent the urban population lives lack social amenities that every Kenyan is entitled to.

“It is an unfortunate fact that in the past, development has been skewed in favour of areas where the rich live. My Government is addressing the situation,” he said.

“Kenyans exercised their democratic rights by voting for leaders of their choice in the last elections. But we now need to rise above party politics and work together to deliver quality service.”

Presidemt Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Mathare residents when he launched the Youth Empowerment Programme.

Presidemt Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Mathare residents when he launched the Youth Empowerment Programme.

Uhuru added that his administration will demolish all unapproved structures starting on Wednesday.

He said their contractors and developers risk prosecution.

Devolution CS Anne Waiguru said enough resources have been deployed for the projects.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero promised to work with the government on development and other matters of national interest.

In attendance were cabinet secretaries Hassan Wario, James Macharia, Michael Kamau, Charity Ngilu, Judy Wakhungu and Felix Koskei.

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