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“Jobs For Kenyans,” Will this be The Main Campaign Issue 2017?

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Business Chris Kirubi at First Lady Margaret Kenyatta "Beyond Zero," Initiative Business Chris Kirubi at First Lady Margaret Kenyatta "Beyond Zero," Initiative

Businessman Dr. Chris Kirubi in a post states, “As a Kenyan businessman, it is very sad when I see some people opposing the decision to award a local company a big tender such as the Lamu coal project tender, while fighting for ‘foreign’ companies to be awarded. It is embarrassing how we all talk about dealing with unemployment yet we are not ready to empower credible local firms to create employment for young people.” With about 40% of Kenyans unemployment or temporary employed and close to 1 million Kenyans entering the job market every year “Jobs,” will be one of the campaign issue 2017.

President Uhuru Kenyatta may find himself evaluated based on the number of jobs created in the economy as he seeks a second term. Whereas the President may not be able to drop the high unemployment rate, his success will most likely be based on the growth rate of jobs. If the economy has an upward growth he will have nothing to worry.    

Bills passed in parliament are what will lead to creation of long term jobs. A bill that can fund the paving and maintenance of 10,000 Kilometers of national roads in next five years if legislated the right way could see thousands of jobs created as the roads emerge and are sustained.   

Kenya population is currently growing at about 1.2 million every year from new births and immigration. Many of the older generation are now starting to get concerned about the economy they shall leave to the next generation. The statement, “Each generation has a responsibility to leave a better country than they found it,” is best reflected in the jobs one generation creates for the next generation.

In the 1990’s former President Moi leading a country growing at about 400,000 every year was not growing enough jobs. However, the creation of World Wide Web (www) and mobile phone technology also called the Information Communication Technology (ICT) would enable about 1 million Kenyans who became of age in the 1990’s to get jobs in the global market.

In the 2000’s as the new ICT technology, www and mobile phones, expanded to the Globe and to Kenya it would offer the generation of the 2000’s jobs led by former President Mwai Kibaki.  

President Uhuru Kenyatta role is to anchor the creation of the jobs for Kenyan generation 2015 – 2030.       

If there are no fundamental systems in place to lead to jobs creation the call for jobs will likely grow louder in the next three years, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as more than 3 million Kenyans added to the job market. If Kenya is to succeed 50% of these Kenyans have to get jobs.

If jobs are not there then their parents and these unemployed adults will exercise the sovereign power and make Jobs the campaign issue for 2017 by saying, “We want Jobs!”   

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