The Murang’a County government, through the Department of Youth, Sports, and Culture, has completed the recruitment process for the third cohort of the county youth service programme. A total of 1,050 young individuals have been selected from across the county, with 35 youths recruited from each ward to participate in the three-month youth service initiative.

The recruitment process was conducted through open balloting to ensure transparency and fairness, providing all interested youths with an equal opportunity for selection. Oversight of the exercise was provided by Members of County Assembly (MCAs) and county officials, with venues often located at chiefs’ offices to minimize external influence.

Selected youths will engage in community service activities for two months, with the county government providing a weekly stipend for their participation. Upon completion of community service, participants will be enrolled in local vocational training centers, where they can pursue various artisan courses of their choice, with all expenses covered by the county administration.

Governor Irungu Kang’ata, overseeing the recruitment exercise, outlined the support structure for programme participants. He highlighted the provision of seed capital amounting to Sh. 15,000 upon graduation, aimed at kick-starting income-generating projects for the beneficiaries.

The youth service programme was initiated by the county government last year as a response to the high unemployment rates among young people in the region. Participants in the programme are entitled to a daily stipend of Sh. 500, with payments made on a weekly basis.

Governor Kang’ata emphasized the success of previous cohorts, noting that participants from the first group have already graduated from vocational training centers with various artisan skills. Enrollment for vocational training for the second cohort is ongoing, with the county government covering all necessary fees.

Encouraging beneficiaries to make prudent use of their stipends, Kang’ata emphasized the importance of saving for future endeavors once they complete their service. Community service activities undertaken by the youth include market cleaning, drainage system maintenance, and tree planting.

The governor reiterated the county government’s commitment to youth empowerment, positioning the youth service programme as one of several initiatives aimed at enhancing the livelihoods of young people in the county.