The Star (Nairobi)

15 December 2012

Kenya: British Army in Jobs Wrangle

The British Army Training Unit in Kenya has been accused of employing people from outside the region while young people in the area are jobless.

In a stormy meeting at Likii VCT on Thursday, BATUK representatives were asked to explain why the recruitment officer based in Nairobi is sourcing workers from the city at the expense of the local people.

"How can cleaners and people doing other menial jobs be sourced from Nairobi while our local youths remain jobless?" asked one of the angry residents.

The locals complained that contracts for supplying foodstuffs and other items readily available in Laikipia are awarded to people outside Laikipia which they said is unfair and unethical. The employed complained of poor working conditions and low pay.

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