Nguni MCA Ngui Kiruru who chairs Kitui county Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Training and Skills Development Tuesday tabled a report at Kitui County Assembly on the inspection exercise of the youth training program (KIYOSEC) at Manyenyoni.
The committee in the report said despite the profits from KIYOSEC – (Kitui Youths Skills and Enterprise Centre) it was not clear where the money was going adding that youths were not being trained but exploited and paid 560 a day on average for the successful trainees.
The youths also meet their own lunch, transport, and accommodation costs and the county only meets their training expenses.
“Today I want to talk about the report I have tabled about KIYOSEC in Manyenyoni, Kitui township ward. We were given the task to go and establish what happens there as the training center commenced operations without a legal framework.” MCA Kiruru said.
“We saw taxpayers’ money going to KIYOSEC and it was not being used appropriately. There were also a lot of resources going to vocational training centers and ECDE for covid mitigation, when we went to KIYOSEC as a committee we were shocked because our children have been turned into laborers.” The Nguni MCA added.
According to MCA Kiruru, if KIYOSEC is a training center it should be registered as per the law and also not do business like it is doing now.
“We also found that their work is to make precast products used in road construction and general construction. They are badly paid and have poor working conditions. If that is a school let it be registered and have admission criteria, basic academic qualifications, ” He added.
In the report, the committee noted that the center was established without a legal framework and did not have budgetary allocations. 45 Million that was used to establish the center was made for clearing pending bills and improvement of vocational training centers across the county.
The entire management and administration of the KIYOSEC according to the MCAs were political appointees by the Governor. This the MCAs say it was difficult to establish their terms of employment, academic and professional qualifications.
“Despite the center realizing some revenue proceeds from the sale of cabro and other products, it does not adhere to the principle of prudency as no dispatch order books, delivery notes, bank slips, and bank statements were availed for reference.” The committee report went on.
The committee recommended a special audit by the Public accounts and investments committee noting that in case of misappropriation, the funding of the center to be halted.