According to the recently published report 2017 Human Development Index (HDI) Nairobi is the most jobless capital of East Africa;

It says that Four in every ten Kenyans of working age have no jobs, the worst level of unemployment in the region.

According to the report despite Kenya being the largest economy in East Africa, millions of its citizens are still languishing in poverty without any tangible economic activity.

“While Kenya has shown progress in promotion of human development — in improving access to education, health and sanitation, with more people rising out of extreme poverty — several groups remain disadvantaged,” the UN says in the report.

play Kenya’ capital, Nairobi. (courtesy)

 

Kenya’s rate of unemployment is equal to those of neighbouring Ethiopia and Rwanda combined, highlighting the paradox of economic policies that have sustained growth without generating jobs — culminating to poor distribution of the benefits of growth.

Corruption

‘If you think knowledge is expensive then try ignorance’ there is no better term to capture Kenya’s high corruption index than examining where it has gotten us into.

Thanks to corruption, Kenya losses a third of its state budget -the equivalent of about $6 billion – to corruption every year according to the latest statistics from Ethics and anti-corruption commission.

play National youth service youths in a clean up exercise. (courtesy)

 

Much needed money the country would have used to create job opportunities for millions of youth and women.

When the National youth service programme was suspended last year for instance due to corruption scandals more than 10, 000 youths lost their jobs along more than 1bilion Kenya shilling.

Collapsed industries

play A section of rotting machinery at the collapsed Pan Paper Mills in Webuye town. (the star)

 

A country without industries is a dead country, since agrarian times, industries have driven economies and Kenya is no exception.

Kenya had more industries in the 80’s – 90’s than it has now, mismanagement and corruption has however driven Kenya’s once vibrant industries and parastatals to a slow painful death.

play Mumias Sugar Company. (courtesy)

 

Webuye pan paper, Rivertex, Nyayo tea zones, Mumias Sugar Company, struggling Kenya airways not to mention commercial banks and hotels have all in the recent years laid off thousands of workers because of our unwillingness to deal with corruption.

Commercial degrees

play The University of Nairobi (UoN) (courtesy)

 

There is no better way to say this apart from we are all guilty of it, governments and ordinary Kenyans alike have all conspired to turn Kenya’s academic institutions into a commercial factory churning out thousands of graduates without necessary skills to think outside the box and create jobs rather than seek seeks.

 

Technical colleges offering technical skills have in the past few years converted to tertiary colleges offering courses deemed more attractive to gullible youth and parents.

play University graduands in Kenya. (courtesy)

 

According to World Bank estimates, close to 800,000 youth, mostly from the numerous institutions of learning, enter the Kenyan job market annually.