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CS Kobia visits Korogocho playground

CS Kobia visits Korogocho playground

Nairobi, March1, 2018

Korogocho play ground1Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Professor Margaret Kobia, today visited Korogocho playgrounds to oversee the rehabilitation of the facility as directed by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, 26th February 2017 during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Reception Ceremony at State House Nairobi.

The facility was formerly occupied by the National Youth Service (NYS), and has long vacated. It is currently managed by local community members and it's used by area youths as a recreational facility and as a sports talent centre.

Accompanied by the National Youth Service (NYS) Director General, Dr. Richard Ndubai and other senior government and NYS officials, CS Kobia informed residents that, NYS will embark on rehabilitation works in a week's time and carry out the directive to the latter as directed by the Head of State.

While noting concerns from the managers of the facility, Prof Kobia directed them to liaise with the local administration so as to detail their complaints with a view of finding a lasting solution.

“Listening to you, it emerges that there are different stakeholders claiming a stake to this facility and that you have several complaints which need a systematic way of dealing with. It is imperative to have a consultative meeting between all of you and the local administration, under the guidance of the Mathare Assistant County Commissioner", CS Kobia advised.

The Cabinet Secretary assured the residents that the rehabilitation works will be carried out in phases and will begin with leveling of the pitch, planting of grass and improvements works on the building to bring it to an acceptable standard.

Prof. Kobia also urged the officials to compile a memorandum which will guide on how to handle the emerging issues concerning the affairs of the stadium.

Responding to their questions, CS Kobia underlined the Government's willingness to cooperate with them in solving their problems amicably while at the same time sparing no efforts in improving the quality the living environment of its citizens, regardless of whether they reside in slums or in urban areas.
On completion, this playground will be used by the local community.


Murang’a County leading in Affirmative Action Fund loans repayment rate, reveals CS Kariuki.

Sabasaba, Murang’a County         Monday, November 27, 2017

Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Mrs Sicily Kariuki has hailed Murang’a County for leading in the repayment of Affirmative Action Fund in the country. The County’s repayment rate of the funds advanced to women and youth groups is over a hundred per cent.

Mrs. Kariuki made the remarks during the launch of Huduma Mashinani programme and the issuance of Affirmative Action Funds in the County at Sabasaba Catholic Church, Maragwa in Murang’a County. During the occasion, the CS disbursed over Ksh 40 million in aid of Women and Youth groups in the county.

Revealing that over Ksh 101 million have so far been distributed to over 9,815 groups this year alone, CS Kariuki directed the officers from the Affirmative Funds present to enlist and train residents on the benefits accrued from government opportunities so as to transform their livelihood.

“The present government has allocated the Affirmative Action Fund with sufficient monies to loan out as free interest loans for the purpose of ensuring equity in economic empowerment to vulnerable groups. The more you repay, the more we give you this money. I will not shy away from disbursing the loans so that we uplift the welfare of our people,” CS Kariuki affirmed.

Reiterating her condemnation to hooligans who meted women, girls and children with violence including gang raping under the guise of advancing their selfish political ends, Mrs. Kariuki urged peace loving Kenyans to resist attempts from a section of politicians bent on using them to instigate chaos.

Mrs. Kariuki called on wananchi to be alert and report anyone found to be committing such heinous outlawed vices to law enforcement authorites.

“As the country continues to mark the 16-

 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which I launched last Saturday, I call upon all stakeholders not to rel

CS Kariuki praised Murang’a County for electing more women in elective positions noting that this is in line with the Two-Thirds Gender Rule.

Others who attended the event were MPS, Hon. Peter Kihara (Mathioya), Hon. Alice Wahome (Kandara), Hon. Mary Wamaua Njoroge (Maragwa), government officials and local leaders.


Government committed in Empowering the youth, asserts CS Kariuki.

Empowering youthPublic Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki has reaffirmed that the Government has put in place elaborate measures to finding a lasting solution to the myriad challenges facing the young people in the country.
CS Kariuki made the remarks during the inaugural meeting of the Bipartisan Youth Initiative for Peace and Empowerment held in Nairobi on Friday.
The CS cited the creation of at least 6.5 million jobs for the youth over the next five years saying that efforts will be concentrated on investments in the sectors that are growth oriented and job creating.
Reiterating the Government commitment in investing in the youth and supporting their empowerment, Mrs. Kariuki noted that as the country’s greatest asset, there is need to position them to channel their energies to growing the economy and delivering Kenya’s vision to be a fully industrialized middle income country by the year 2030.
“In order for these investments to continue to bear fruit and the youth to continue earning sustainable livelihoods, there is need to ensure that businesses are not interrupted. Government would be keen to ensure that the totality of investment made in these initiatives is protected for the benefit of subsequent needy cases,” CS Kariuki affirmed.
Additionally, the Cabinet Secretary noted that the Government will improve the quality and quantity of the middle level workforce by aligning the curriculum with the needs of industry, revitalizing youth polytechnics, completing the construction of the 70 Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) and supporting one year paid internships for all graduates of public polytechnics, TIVETs and Universities.

“Government will also be continuing entrepreneurship support for the youth by creating the Biashara Bank by merging the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority, the Youth Enterprises Development Fund, the Women Enterprises Fund and the Uwezo Fund to provide coordination in the delivery of affordable financing and support for business development,” the CS added.
Revealing the establishment of a Youth Development Council to provide coordination of all youth related activities and facilitate the necessary training, skills, CS Kariuki said the Government will be carrying out a continuous Ward, Constituency and County level registration process through the Ajira Platform and link them to potential employers.
“This administration will also expand the participation of young people in national development and guarantee that 30% of all appointments, projects and budgets specifically target them. This coupled with the establishment of Young Professionals Management Programme will prepare highly talented young people to work in the Public Service,” CS Kariuki told the attentive youth leaders.
Noting that since 2013, 45 Huduma Centers are operational in 44 Counties providing 66 Government Services under one roof, Mrs. Kariuki said other incentives are interest free credit through Affirmative Funds namely UWEZO Fund, disbursing over Ksh. 2 billion to about 250,000 youth across the country; Women Enterprise Fund benefiting more than 1 million women, 30% of whom are young women with Ksh. 7.7 billion in the last 4 years; and, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund which has reached over 600,000 youth directly since 2013 with over Ksh. 5.5 Billion.
“Government has additionally focused on catalysing youth economies in all Constituencies in Kenya and instilling a sense of duty, service, patriotism and humanism among the younger generation. This has been done through NYS under which 52,000 youth have undergone in-house training and an addition 250,000 plus cohorts engaged in nation building activities across more than 240 Constituencies in Kenya. These youth are organized into 500 SACCOs with cumulative savings exceeding Ksh. 2.0 Billion,” CS Kariuki added.
On the way forward, Mrs. Kariuki advised the youth leaders to inculcate a sense of ownership and decentralize their meetings to grassroots level for inclusivity so as to bring all on board to chart their future.
“Be careful that your efforts yield genuine results and lasting peace as opposed to being anecdotes of purpose and personal fulfilment for those championing this agenda. Remember to pay attention to youth online communities and build a robust network of like-minded youth who are adequately equipped to use creative tools and knowledge on social media to push the peace agenda, the CS advised
Mrs. Kariuki further advised the youth “not to reward “bad behaviour” by focusing attention and resources on where there is negativity and trouble but instead focus on positively contributing to peace in their communities”.
At the end of the session, the youth leaders issued a joint statement avowing to pursue peace and dialogue regardless of their political affiliation and their determination to creating an enabling environment for all to thrive.

Job Vacancies under RSS-IGAD Project -South Sudan

RSS/IGAD Regional Initiative for Capacity Enhancement in South Sudan
Phase II CSSO Terms of Reference (19 Positions) January, 2018

Programme Context

Capacity building in human resource, organizational and institutional levels is an urgent priority in South Sudan. It is central to restoring core institutions - both in terms of physical infrastructure and technical ability - and providing basic services to citizens. The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has, together with its international partners, developed a Medium Capacity Development Strategy (MTCDS) as an Action Plan for Rapid Capacity Building through the RSS/IGAD Initiative Project Phase II.

The IGAD Initiative is supporting the RSS through the secondment and placement of civil servants from three IGAD Member States (Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda). The civil servants are deployed in strategic functions within national ministries, commissions and state-level local governments. They serve as rapid capacity enhancement support and are “twinned” with South Sudanese civil servants to ensure the direct transfer of skills and on-the-job training – through mentoring and coaching.

The Initiative recruits and places highly qualified civil servants, to be designated as Civil Service Support Officers (CSSOs), to work within the RSS on contract. The CSSOs sign a contract of engagement with the RSS.

Kenya was apportioned 55 slots under the Project. Thirty five (35) Officers were deployed in South Sudan under the Project. The first group who were deployed in October, 2015 completed their tour of duty on 6th October, 2017. Currently, there are 6 officers deployed in South Sudan under the Project.

The Government of Kenya is therefore seeking to recruit competent, results-oriented, dedicated and dynamic public servants to fill the positions under the RSS/IGAD Project:

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