THE government has been urged to create job opportunities for the youth.
Base Titanium mining company external affairs and development general manager Joe Schwarz said there many young unemployed Kwale residents who blame the company for their lack of work.
He said unemployment in the area is not the company's fault.
Speaking at Base Titanium offices in Ukunda Schwarz said lack of jobs is a national challenge which the government should solve.
"Let the state create jobs. We are doing our part," he said.
Schwarz said unemployment has been turned into a "battle ground" by everyone, especially politicians.
"Once we advertise a few jobs, thousands of people apply but the fact remains that only the required number will be employed. Despite this locals complain about the firm to their leaders," he said.
Base Titanium has for the last two weeks been in talks with residents who have accused it of employing people from outside Coast province.
The issue forced the Kwale county government to summon the company 's management.
The company was asked to provide a report on how many workers it has hired.
They were also required to explain how many locals and outsiders work for the company currently.
The county government has assured locals that it is going to solve the issue with the firm and ensure residents are given first priority in employment opportunities as required by the law.
The company has said 98 percent of workers employed by several contractors at the mining site are Kwale residents.
More than 10,000 people in Kwale have applied for employment but only 11,00 have been hired by the mining company.