The Star (Nairobi)

29 December 2012

Kenya: No System to Grade Number of Jobs Created

Lack of clear structures for assessing the unemployment levels make it difficult to grade President Kibaki's 2002 pledge to create 500,000 jobs a year to move people out of poverty, according to analysts.

State House though hailed the National Youth Enterprise Fund, for having so far created more than 300,000 jobs since its inception and facilitating more than 8,000 youth to take up jobs abroad.

In the supplement 'Building a Working and Caring Nation: Mwai Kibaki and the Transformation of Kenya', State House said the Fund has disbursed Sh6.5 billion to 160,000 youth enterprises since its inception in 2006 through constituency loans and financial institutions

"It has offered Training to more than 200,000 youth in entrepreneurship in collaboration with other partners. The Fund has also supported 1,800 youth to market their products through local as well as international trade fairs," State House said.

But analysts say the lack of a clear system to evaluate employment rates has made it difficult to grade Kibaki.

"There are no systems and statistics to corroborate information of the jobs created and in what sectors. If the country had a system, in a segregated manner it would be possible but you can still see that many youth lack employment and become pawns in the political game," said Mboya.

Adams Oloo, the University of Nairobi political Science lecturer, agrees that the unemployment rate is unacceptably high for a country that aspires to become a middle-income country by 2030.

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