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Varsity students win internship in cohesion plan

Deputy President William Ruto speaks during the launch of the Keroche Foundation at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi on May 27, 2014. Photo/SALATON NJAU
Deputy President William Ruto speaks during the launch of the Keroche Foundation at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi on May 27, 2014. Photo/SALATON NJAU 

Some 5,000 university students will be put on internship in counties starting September in a new government programme aimed at boosting competence and national cohesion.
Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday announced a further 15,000 students will be deployed to work as interns in counties far from their homes next year.

The move, he said, aims at boosting national cohesion and rooting out ethnic-based rifts that have dogged the country while ensuring relevant skills are imparted to drive the economy.

“We will launch a volunteer programme for university students where they will work in a different county from theirs for six months,” said Mr Ruto during the launch of a mentorship programme by Keroche Breweries in Nairobi on Tuesday.

“We have the first 5,000 students joining the programme this September. This will help eliminate the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality and instead be replaced with that of ‘my country.’’

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