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The National Youth Service will kick off recruitment of 15,000 youth next month.

While making the announcement, Public Service, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said 15,000 will also graduate after completing training.

Speaking in Embu where she disbursed cheques from the Women Enterprise Fund kitty, the CS said the Jubilee government has revamped NYS and increased the number of recruits from 4,000.

She said the youth would assist in various interventions by the government aimed at alleviating poverty, and urged residents to apply when the recruitment kicks off.

Ms Kariuki said Embu youth have shied for applying for youth enterprise fund.

She said youth in the area were no longer applying for the kitty at their disposal, saying it would help lure them from various vices such as alcoholism.

“I have various cheques for women groups but I have none for the youth here. The money is there but no-one is applying. I get a lot of applicants from other areas and it is disappointing that there are none here (Embu),” she said.

Speaking at the same function, Embu Woman Representative Rose Mitaru vowed to mobilise the youth to form groups so that they can get the money.

The two leaders also called on residents to maintain peace during the electioneering process.