Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has encouraged youth from Kisauni in Mombasa to embrace legal modes of income generation and shun criminal activities.

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Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, the CS urged the young people to consider joining Swahilipot Hub to make money rather than engaging in activities endagering the lives of locals.

He said that the government acknowledges the fact that the youth remain very important to the country and should use the hub to get online jobs rather than endangering their lives.

"The government recognises youth because you are the present and future leaders of the country. Use this hub to practise your talents and make some money,” he said.

He spoke at the Swahilipot Hub, during his visit to supervise how the hub is helping the youth, a region that before November last year, was known for its criminal activities.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, who was also present, said that the youth who offer their services and practice their talents through the hub will be paid by the government.

“For all music played even on Skiza tune, the owner will get some money and we will be following up,” he said.

Matiangi promised to personally support 20 youth, 10 men and 10 women from the region and will also rally his colleagues to do the same.

“I am going to support 20 youth to grow their talents from here and I will also talk to my colleagues to support to you young people," he pledged.