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Does this sound familiar with Obama Policy Proposals? Raila of Kenya calls for mandatory NYS training

Posted by African Press International on December 6, 2008

Obama says he will want all the youth to be enrolled in the Army. Does this sound familiar, coming from Raila Odinga of Kenya?

Written By:PMPS,Posted: Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Prime Minister Raila Odinga wants the government to reintroduce mandatory recruitment of school leavers into the National Youth Service (NYS) to promote patriotism and ethnic cohesion among communities in the country.

He urged members of the tenth parliament to endorse related policy legislation when tabled in the august house to ensure that the youth went through the service to gain skills relevant to the ever shifting job market.

“You will be asked to consider and enact various legislations that is effective for youth development including the National Youth Council Bill, the Sports Bill and the National Policy on Youth Polytechnic” the PM underscored.

The premier proposed the need for the expansion and more funding for the training institution to absorb jobless youth without any academic qualification so that every segment of the population was not left out of NYS programmes.

He said the formulation of the National Youth Policy to holistically address youth development matters was prudent but regretted that the impact of the programmes was yet to be felt by the common man on the ground.

He however challenged Members of Parliament to agitate for issue based policies for posterity of the future generations rather than over indulge on “politics of rhetoric and populism that has characterized the house over the years.

” I want to see MPs push for such programmes, young people are looking forward to having a nation where they can become whatever they would like to be in life no matter which part of the country they live in” Odinga stressed.

He encouraged leaders to have the will power to make hard and sometimes unpopular decision to break away from the cancer of nepotism and games of political survival and expediency to realize the fading dream the fore fathers of the nation envisaged for the country at independence.

The premier announced government plans to implement a Marshal plan for Youth employment creation to open the economic opportunities for the jobless whose role role towards achievement of vision 2030 he said was critical.

He also revealed that the government will from next year provide free sanitary towels to girls as pledged during campaigns to the run up to last years’ general polls.

He told the opening session of a two day Parliamentarian retreat on Youth at the Kenya Institute of administration that the present and future of the country squarely lay on empowerment of the young and active generation.

The PM expressed optimism that fellow parliamentarians would reconsider their priorities and promote the youth agenda through allocation of more resources from their Constituency Development funds (CDF)to Youth Polytechnics and Empowerment centres in their areas.

The Premier said the government on it’s part would “continue to enhance budgetary allocation for youth centred programmes but censored the Youth affairs and Sports Ministry over the bureaucratic manner in which the funds from the Youth kitty were disbursed to the recipients.

He regretted that the beneficiaries experienced difficulties in accessing the Youth Fund due to unnecessary red tapes the ministry officials had imposed on the process and directed the Youth and sports minister prof .Helen Sambili.

The premier revisited the effects of the post election crisis earlier in the year whose impact on the economy was devastating and decried that the youth who were yearning for opportunities from anticipated growth were hardest hit.

On sports, the Premier asked MPs to make contributions towards financing the national soccer team proceed to the 2010 world cup and the 2012 Olympics games especially now that Harambee stars had higher chances of making to the finals after qualifying to the second round of the African cup of Nations.

Ministers Present during the opening session of the retreat were Martha Karua, Yusuf Haji William Ruto, assistant ministers Kabando wa Kabando, Wavinya Ndeti, Oburu Odinga and other Members of Parliament.

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API/Source.KBC.ke

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Zimbabwe: Cholera declared national emergency by government

Posted by African Press International on December 6, 2008

Harare (Zimbabwe) – The Zimbawean government yesterday declared the cholera outbreak that has claimed 563 lives so far and the malfunctioning of central hospitals as national emergencies and appealed to the donor community for assistance to alleviate the situation.

Addressing stakeholders at a meeting to mobilise resources for the health sector held in Harare, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, said there was a critical shortage of resources in the health sector. He said referral hospitals were in urgent need of drugs, food and equipment.

Dr Parirenyatwa also cited the critical shortage of staff in hospitals adding that those remaining had no zeal to work.

“Our central hospitals are literally not functioning. Our staff is demotivated and we need your support to ensure that they start coming to work and our health system is revived,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.

Among the items urgently required by hospitals are medicines, laboratory reagents, surgical sundries, renal and laundry equipment, X-ray films and boilers.

He said 450 renal patients required dialysis. Dr Parirenyatwa appealed for food to feed patients and for child supplementary feeding programmes.

He warned that the shortage of resources risked derailing the country’s anti-retroviral programme to HIV patients that was going on well.

“The emergency appeal will help us reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the current socio-economic environment by December 2009.

“We are hoping that within the next 12 months we would have achieved the package,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.

He said 563 people had died of cholera throughout the country as of yesterday.

“There has been a reduction in the number of cholera cases in the past days from all provinces except for Harare where all cases are still being linked to Budiriro. We still have a challenge of controlling the movement of people in an effort to curb further prevalence of the outbreak,” he said.

World Health Organisation representative Dr Custodia Mandlate said while there has been overwhelming response from the donor community pledging to assist the Government of Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare should take a leadership and stewardship role in revamping the health sector.
* The Herald is the official newspaper of the government of Zimbabwe

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API/Source.The Herald (Zimbabwe) – December 4, 2008.

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