The Star (Nairobi)

8 August 2014

Kenya: Give Locals Jobs, Contractors Told

SABOTI MP David Wekesa has urged contractors who qualify for tenders to hire locals for the work.

Speaking in Kitale yesterday, Wekesa said most residents are not awarded contracts.

He said even after they are denied contracts, the contractors who get them deny the locals casual jobs of repairing of roads and other jobs that required non-skilled people.

"It is good to economically empower our people especially the youth. If they are left out then it means the poverty will continue biting our people" he said.

Wekesa asked the youth in the area to register their companies to enable them qualify for tenders.

He urged youth and women to form groups or join the existing groups to help them access the Uwezo funds.

He said Saboti constituency will distribute the Sh18 million Uwezo funds.

Wekesa defended IEBC over calls by the opposition to disband the electoral body.

He said it is not good for the leaders from Cord to call for the disbandment of the IEBC when it is the same body that gave them victory.

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