A group of youth from Nairobi’s Mathare area have sounded an alarm over the huge number of civil servants applying for the census jobs locking out the unemployed graduates.
The youth say they a number of civil servants especially the teachers are competing with them in applying the jobs instilling fear of being locked out in the process.
One of the youth whose name has been withheld says that some are even willing to give bribes in order to secure the jobs.
“They are so many here, some are teachers, some are informal employments and are planning to take leave during census in order to do the census jobs,” said the youth.
“My only question to the government is, where does that leave youthful graduates who have not yet secured employment opportunities?” he posed.
Mugo Njogu, Mbatini Chief has however refuted the claims saying that they are working with village elders to ensure that those who are getting the application forms are not in any other formal employments.
“You see when someone comes for a form, we ask them where they stay and the name of their village elder. Then we follow up with the village elder just to formally ascertain if the person is in formal employment or not. If the person is in formal employment, he will not be issued with an application form,” stated Njogu.
He has however stated that they have had a huge turn out of youth applying for the census jobs and hope that all will go well.
The deadline for the application was on Monday 24th June.
The Government of Kenya through the Kenya National Bureau Statistics (KNBS) will conduct the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census in August.
More than 160,000 Kenyans are set to be hired in the exercise.