World Bank report on unemployment in the country worrying

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Politics/Current issues
A world bank economic report launched yesterday presented a very worrying revelation on the state of unemployment in the country.
The report indicated how the rate of unemployment has continued to be high and persistent. Out of the total 800,000 jobseekers available, the report says there are only 50,000 jobs available.  It goes further to say that vices like corruption, tribalism, bribery and sexual harassment are the major contributors of this trend and unless they are addressed the situation is never going to change. For a long time now, the problem of unemployment especially among the Kenyan youth has continued to be a very big hindrance to our economic growth. This has mostly been necessitated by these vices in the World Bank economic report, something which both previous and current governments have always done little if nothing to address.  
Corruption and impunity has continued to be the order of the day. At one time our country was even ranked among the most corrupt countries in the continent. The monies set aside by the government or contributed by donors to create some profit generating projects has always ended up in the pockets of hungry leaders mandated to oversee the implementation of these projects. A case in point being the kazi kwa vijana initiative where millions of shillings were reported missing. Another scam was in the youth empowerment funds project, a government project which again saw another millions of shillings go unaccounted for.  These projects had been put in place to cater for the large number of unemployed youth; unfortunately it was never the case. Money was embezzled by corrupt leaders out to satisfy their selfish ambitions at the expense of youth unemployment.
Tribalism is also a major contributing factor to the high unemployment rate in the country. People in high offices have always hired members of their families or community despite some of them not being qualified to hold the positions they are always hired to work in.  You may not be surprised to walk into a government or private office only to find people from the same community even speaking their mother tongue in offices. It has now become a norm that for one to secure employment, he or she must have connections, which might include you being a member of a community in office, a very worrying trend indeed.
Reports of bribery and sexual harassment have also been on the rise. For you to secure an employment position you have to part away with a bribe.  Some people are even asked for sexual favors before securing a job or being promoted.
These are just among the many more vices that exist in the Kenyan job market and have contributed greatly towards this unemployment rate.  So many university and college graduates are out there unemployment not because there are no jobs but because of the vices that exist in the job market, vices which these graduates cannot give in to and are below their reach.  This matter should be addressed very fast, especially now that the country is preparing to a transition into the next government.
Our politicians are now busy campaigning and making coalitions. The mammoth crowds attending these political rallies is a clear indication that the problem of unemployment is very big and serious, and these politicians are doing nothing to address it, especially among the youth.  The next government should really work towards improving this situation instead of just making empty promises. 
Youth empowerment is key towards the growth of any economy in any given country. This can only be achieved if the government gets rid of all these vices that contribute to the current state of unemployment and create opportunities for employment.
Nixon Kanali, Nairobi
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