The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Youth Want Safe Working Environment - Infotrak Poll

The Kenyan youth want the next government to create employment opportunities and ensure a conducive work environment.

This is according to Infotrak Research and Consulting C.E.O Angela Ambitho who presented findings of a survey the firm conducted between October 29 and November 1. Of the 983 youths interviewed in the survey, 24 percent want the issue of unemployment addressed. This is followed closely by insecurity with 23 percent which the youth feel need to be improved.

Ms. Ambitho attributed this to a need by the youth to have a safe working environment in order to earn an income. In line with these the findings of the survey indicate that the youth want the issues of tribalism and poverty dealt with. These were expressed by 8.7 percent and 8.4 percent respectively.

Coming to the general elections next year, the findings of the survey show that 36 percent of the youth would elect Prime Minister Raila Odinga if elections were held today.

Closely behind him would be Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta with 24 percent of the votes. Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto would get 10 percent each with Kalonzo Musyoka getting eight percent.

Votes for other presidential candidates would be Martha Karua with four percent, Peter Kenneth with three percent, Eugene Wamalwa with two percent and Charity Ngilu with one percent.

The opinion survey also highlighted the youth's perception towards President Kibaki's legacy as he prepares to leave office.

According to the youth, Kibaki scores highest on his infrastructural development track record with 27 percent of the youth saying he did a good job according to the poll.

A further 23 percent think he has made advancements in the education sector with the introduction of free primary education shortly after taking over office in 2002. Also 22 percent of the youth will remember president Kibaki for delivering the new constitution.

The president has also scored highly in these three sectors with the general population with 26 percent for infrastructure, 24 percent for the free primary education, and 21 percent for the new constitution.

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