A NYS truck involved in an accident in Kibera during the clean up programme.
The clean up programme launched in Kibera by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 in partnership with National Youth Service turned into a breeding ground of a scam that saw cohorts lose hundreds of millions deposited in a saving funds.
President Kenyatta, while launching the programme, noted that “3,000 young men and women in Kibera will be engaged in the project where part of their wages will be saved into a fund to enable them to continue with income generating activities after the programme ends.”
The program was later reciprocated in constituencies within Nairobi.
In Kibera, Jacob Lutta (not his real name) was among the lucky 3,000 youth who signed up to work in their community in partnership with National Youth Service.
Their main job was to clean filthy trenches, sweep roads and construct ablution blocks within Kibera.
Jacob had stayed in Kibera for three years without any employment until the NYS opportunity. He was excited about the opportunity.
‘HELP PEOPLE DIRECTLY’
”I joined the program immediately and to tell you the truth we were happy. Imagine going days without a shilling to earning 450 per day. The most exciting part was working in our community and making it a better place to live in. Some of the projects like the ablution block would help our people directly” added Jocob.
The icing on the cake for the project was the proposed saving fund, which was christened NYS Sacco. From their daily earning of Sh450, every member was supposed to save Sh141.4.
Every week, a total of Sh707 was deducted from every members’s earning and sent to the savings fund. It was mandatory for all the members working in the programme to be members of the Sacco.
The main objective of the Sacco was to provide financial support to the members in future when the NYS program ended. So was the vision sold by the president.
The 3,000 youth working under NYS programme in Kibera were divided into 16 villages. Each village had its Sacco. Members elected their officials and made their contributions. They worked for close to 18 months between 2014 and 2017, but with intermittent disruptions over corruption claims hat led to the resignation of the then Devolution Secretary Ann Waiguru.
“After the NYS project came to an end, we started following up on the savings we had made with the Saccos during the projects. We needed the money to continue with projects (ablution blocks, posho mills and fish ponds) left unfinished when the NYS programme was halted. These were our ideas and we thought the savings would bring them to life and continue being a source of income to the members,” Jacob explained.
In Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums, the story was no different. Members of the Milimani Cohort Sacco wanted their money to complete the unfinished projects.
“When the NYS project stopped, that was in April 2017, we had Sh20 million as savings from Milimani Cohort Sacco. The sacco had (overall) officials and we handed over everything to the officials when the project came to an end,” said Cornelius Wesonga who was in charge of NYS project in Milimani Cohort Sacco.
“The members approached us for their savings but we cannot give them the money because they have defaulted to pay the first loan that all members took. Secondly we have sacco bylaws to follow,” said Stephen Onyango, the chairperson of Milimani Cohort Sacco
“We sat with the members and agreed on paying a monthly contribution of Sh500 when the NYS projects ended. Most members defaulted to pay the Sh500 we had agreed upon,” added Mr Onyango.
Approximately 90 per cent of the members were fully dependent on the NYS money and were unable to make monthly contribution once the project ended. Worse still, they can not access the savings they made during the months that the project was operational.
But according to Mr Onyango, all members were given loans, a position that most members do not agree with.
“As a member of Milimani Cohort Sacco, I was not given any loan by the sacco. The sacco gave some members Sh13,000 as a loan, but it did not give all the members,” insists Amani, a member of the Milimani Cohort Sacco.
With 3,000 youth working under the programme, the total contributions are approximated to have reached be Sh152 million for the period of 18 months that the youth worked within Kibera alone.
Nobody knows what happened to these monies? Will these youth ever get the chance to reap from their hard-earned savings?
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
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Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
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Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
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Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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