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Bring Back Kazi Mtaani to Avert Crime, Youths Tell Government

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Mathare 4A residents are now calling on the government to revive the Kazi Mtaani programme to avert sharp increase of crime in the area.

According to Denis Otoyo many youths have been gunned in the recent weeks with the latest case being in Bondeni where a group of youths hijacked a matatu and tried to rob it.

They were accosted by the police officers who managed to kill one on the spot while six others escaped.

‘‘Youths are being killed weekly but we cannot blame the police, they have tried to accommodate them but it is  now impossible. That group that tried to hijack a bus is well known and the officers were running out of patience with them,’’ Otoyo told Ghetto Radio News.

‘‘Youths are idle they want food to feed their families, the pressure is high  so let the government re-introduce Kazi Mtaani at least this crime cases will reduce,’’ Otoyo added.

Same were echoed by Eastleigh Community Residents Association who shared the same thoughts urging the government to consider bringing back the program.

Eastleigh Community Residents Association secretary David Odhiambo says that in the month of July they have lost at least three in the hands of police officers one of them being a form four candidate at St. Teresas Secondary School.        

‘‘Something urgent needs to be done or else we shall continue losing lives because of crime. I was one of the mobilisers and those who participated in Kazi Mtaani program I can tell youths were not this way. Crime rate has reduced drastically in Eastleigh especially Eastleigh Airbase…they should bring back Kazi Mtaani programme so that our youths can get something to cling on as they strive to earn a living,’’ Odhiambo said.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i last year December said that the government is considering extending the Kazi Mtaani Programme owing to its impact on thousands of youth in the country.

He noted that the level of crime had reduced following the launch of the programme. 

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