Kazi Mtaani to the rescue of Kisii footballers

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 00:00 |
Shabana FC’s Kevin Momanyi (in tracksuit) with fellow youth commencing work after joining Kazi Mtaani. Photo/PD/ZACHARY GIBO

More than 150 football players in Kisii are set to benefit from national hygiene programme dubbed Kazi Mtaani.

Players from various local clubs joined other youth across the county in the initiative designed to cushion citizens living in informal settlements from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With all sporting activities in the country paused and sportsmen and women feeling the negative financial impact of the disease, athletes have been forced to be creative in order to stay afloat, and when the government announced the first phase of Kazi Mtaani, youth across the country waited with bated breath.

The pilot programme focused on select informal settlements in the eight counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale, and Mandera that kicked off in April where over 26,000 residents were employed, while the expanded phase two covering 34 counties targets to employ 200,000.

The project is expected to run for six and a half months from July, with the residents earning Sh600 per day paid weekly through individual mobile phone numbers.

Football Kenya Federation Kisii branch chairman Yobes Mose, who’s also one of the area chiefs, lauded the programme and the players who came out to register for the programme, adding that the objective of the initiative is to provide social protection for residents whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the containment policies to curb spread of Covid-19. 

“The programme aims to restore disrupted economic activity while creating a public good,”  said Mose.

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