By Peter Kombe
Civil Society Organization in Mombasa County have called on the government to economically empower the youths and educate them on the ways of investing in the funds.
Speaking to the Coast reporter in Mombasa on Saturday, Kenya Community Support Centre Executive Director Phylis Muema said most of the youth lack the know how to invest on the funds.
The activist noted that a big portion of the youth funds such as ‘Uwezo Funds’ are taken back to the treasury due to failure of the youth to utilize them.
“We have had cases whereby these funds are remitted back to the treasury.” She exclaimed
She however noted that they have put in place strategies on how to empower the youths.
The director pointed out that only a small section of the youths are aware of the availability of the funds.
“There are measures we have taken as an organization whose aim is to economically empower the youths.” Muema stated
She however indicated that due to escalating cases of terror attacks as witnessed in Lamu in the recent past, tourism sector has drastically declined along the coastline.
Muema noted that through the ‘Tusemezane Vijana Initiative’ which is in operation in various parts of the country, the organization aims at engaging the youths in constructive and meaningful activities.
“I must admit that tourism has declined due to actions of terror especially along the Coast. Most of the hotels in Malindi for example are empty.” She noted
She stated that most of the youth join terror groups due to influence from their kins.
On the issue of women and their involvement in terror related activities the human rights defender said there is a need for the society to empower them.
“Some of the youths join terror groups because of influence from either their uncles or next of their kins.” The executive indicated
She outlined that the role of women in the society is paramount in ensuring a more integrated society.
Meanwhile, Martin Muthii, Search for Common Ground Programs Support Officer said there has been a perception that economic challenges propel youths in engaging in terror related activities.
He called on the society to educate the youths in order to change the attitude.
“Economic challenge among the youths is said to be the propeller of youths engaging in terror related activities. This has been the attitude in the society.” He said
The activist applauded role played by government and the county government throughout the country on the ways of countering violent extremism among the youths.
He said the Mombasa County Action Plan on countering violent extremism is quite a good example to show case the fight against the vice.
By The COAST Reporter
The government has once again urged youth who joined terror groups to willingly surrender and stay safe before the law catches up on them.
Speaking at a forum for countering violence extremism representatives at a Mombasa Hotel on Friday, Mombasa Commissioner Evans Achoki said terrorism has become a global threat and called on the need for Kenyans to stem it out.
Achoki noted that the role of the government is to ensure that her citizens are safe to ensure that their daily activities are not interfered with.
“Terrorism has become a universal threat. As government we are determined to fight the vice.” He insisted
The county security boss however called on Religious leaders and other stake holders to cooperate with the government in its bid to root out terror acts amongst youngsters.
He indicated that through concerted efforts the government is willing to partner with all the stakeholders including county government officials and the civil society organizations in ensuring that the youths do not engage in violent extremism.
“The government will continue protecting, preventing, pursuing and prosecuting all criminals. We appeal all the stakeholders to focus on the young and provide wise counsel to them.” He said
He urged the various stakeholders to focus on the young, provide the relevant education and offer wise counsel to them in order to bring up an informed and able society.
Achoki pledged to continue working with all the stakeholders in countering violent extremism within the county.
He however pinpointed that the police force will be professional in their patrols while dealing with criminals.
“We shall continue working with all the stakeholders in all circles.” The state officer said
He noted that the police department will continue working within the confines of the law while on duty.
Achoki highlighted that the government has already conducted public barazas in all the sub counties in a bid to educate the public on the need to stem any violent terrorist activity within the county.
“The police force will work within the confines of the law.” Achoki noted
At the same time Aimee Ongeso, public international law and policy group programs manager said the Kenyan government is committed to fighting violent extremism throughout the country.
The international human rights crusader noted that as a human rights defender she is concerned with how the government works within the confines of the law.
“The Kenyan government is committed to fighting terrorism throughout the country.” She pointed out
She indicated that dialogue is crucial in ensuring that people do not engage in violent extremist actions.
Aimee noted with concern that in order for Kenyans to thrive socially politically and economically the rule of law must be upheld.
“Dialogue is key in ensuring that that people do not engage in crime.’ She noted
She said Kenya has the best legal framework throughout the world that guarantees an equal opportunity for every single Kenyan.
Meanwhile HAKI Africa executive director Hussein Khalid recommended for a formulation of a better legal framework in the country that will safely accommodate all the returnees.
“Lack of a proper legal frame work makes it difficult for the government to deal with returnees.” He noted
He stated that lack of an appropriate policy in the country makes it difficult for the government to deal with returnees from terror groups.
By The COAST Reporter
The institute of Human resource management through its national chairman has called on the government to improve performance in the public sector.
Speaking to journalist in Mombasa on Wednesday during an official launch of HR leaders’ boot camp Elijah Sitima the national chairperson of the Institute said the government has enacted human resource development policies that aims at improving public performance.
He said of late the government has the best HR ever and therefore Kenyan citizens expect the best of their performance.
“There is HR development policies set out by the government whose aim is to improve performance in the public sector. He said
The national official however indicated that there is still an opportunity for the public sector to improve on the performance of its workers.
The official noted that both the public and the private sector jointly share the HR practices for the outright benefit of Kenyans.
“There is an opportunity to improve on the performance of its workers (government).” He noted
He insisted that stakeholders in both the private and public sector aim at offering relevant skills and training that ensures high and quality performance in their organizations.
“Both the sectors private and public aim at offering relevant skills and competencies for quality performance.” He stated
At the same time Kris Senanu Managing Director Enterprise Telkom Kenya said it is the role of organizations to hire the personnel with the relevant technical experience to run its affairs.
“Organizations should get technically experienced personnel to run its affairs.” He said
He noted that tertiary institutions play a significant role throughout the country by providing actual professional HR personnel.
The official pin pointed that every employer requires skilled manpower that will positively drive the organization to higher levels of performance.
“Tertiary institutions play a leading role in ensuring that professional personnel are recruited.” He explained
The Human resource boot camp dubbed from HR to CEO brought together nearly 200 participants from both the public and private sector.