Youths under Kazi kwa Vijana programme demonstrate over pay

Some of the demonstrators in Likoni who were rioting over pay. PHOTO: WELDON KEMBOI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Fifteen youth demonstrator’s working under Kazi kwa Vijana were on Monday arrested in Likoni, after they blocked Ukunda-Likoni road protesting over pay delay.

The more than 1000 youths employed under the National Youth Service programme, littered the road with trash interfering with the flow of traffic.

According to witnesses, the demonstrators started peacefully but turned violent as they approached the CDF office; where they had threatened to eject the area MP out of office; saying he was to blame as he led the ceremony during registration of the Cahoot’s.

Anti riot police were mobilized to quench the riot as the youth had turned violent throwing stones at vehicles.

David Mlama their leader said they have not been paid for the last one month as per the agreement.

“We have been undergoing a difficult time and so today we could not bear anymore.We had agreed to be paid weekly; that’s every Friday but things have turned awkward”, said David.

He said each was to be paid sh. 520 on a weekly basis adding that  they are also being deducted sh.147.

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Likoni Deputy police boss Anthony Shimoli had promised to get back concerning the incident but efforts by Baraka FM to reach him were futile.