Baringo Central Legislator (MP) Joshua Kandie has embarked on a vigorous youth empowerment programme aimed at enhancing self-employment.
The programme seeks to equip the beneficiaries with requisite tools of trade so that they can undertake their daily duties smoothly.
Speaking at Kabarnet museums grounds on Thursday during the launch and distribution of assorted Jua Kali tools to about 300 multi skilled artisans from the constituency, the MP said the donation will boost the sector which is an alternative source of livelihood for thousands of youths instead of relying on highly competitive white color jobs.
He said the Jua kali sector has the potential of employing more than 75 percent of youth who can employ themselves and boost the community’s economy.
“I consider this sector as a very important avenue where most of our unemployed youth can benefit through direct employment, they should grab those opportunities as they emerge,” he said.
Kandie noted that since he assumed office in 2017, he has sponsored more than 600 youth from the area who have successfully completed various technical courses from vocational institutions within the constituency.
Kabarnet Jua Kali Association chairman David Kimasmas while lauding the initiative urged the MP to set aside more money through National Government Constituency Development Fund for use in improving the working environment of the local artisans.
Kimasmas lamented that artisans within Kabarnet town were constrained due to limited space and lack of enough shades for selling their products and urged the MP to address the matter.