Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tuju challenges rivals over youth jobs

Eagle coalition member Raphael Tuju during a news conference January 1, 2013 in Nairobi. He challenged political competitors to tell Kenyans their solutions to youth unemployment. EMMA NZIOKA

Eagle coalition member Raphael Tuju during a news conference January 1, 2013 in Nairobi. He challenged political competitors to tell Kenyans their solutions to youth unemployment. EMMA NZIOKA 

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT [email protected]

The Eagle coalition has challenged its political competitors to tell Kenyans their solutions to youth unemployment.

The coalition said it had a workable formula that it will immediately put in place to enable the jobless youth access jobs if they take over government in March.

Raphael Tuju, one of the Eagle’s partners, said Tuesday quick solutions such as improving the business climate so that more foreign companies could set base in the country and thus make available more jobs, opening up more tourist sites and expanding modern agriculture to the rural areas were some of the things they would do to help increase employment opportunities.

"Unfortunately we do not have job openings even for our university graduates, let alone Form Four and Primary School leavers whose figures run to hundreds of thousands,” said Mr Tuju, the leader of the Party of Action.

“You know our track record speak for themselves. We will do these things and the ones we promise in our manifesto,” he promised when he delivered a new-year statement to Kenyans at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.

Mr Tuju said other coalitions were busy distributing slots to party members yet the youth continued to struggle to make ends meet.

“In the current political discourse, the first priority is the job of the President. If that is not possible, then it is the job of deputy president or if those two are elusive then governors, senators, MPs, county representatives become the preferred escape routes. Meanwhile, our children are staring at their parents at home with sunken eyes because they do not have jobs,” he said.

The coalition, perceived to have lesser following compared to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) and Jubilee coalition, said their major objective was to give solutions to the prominent joblessness and ensure a peaceful united nation.

“We will provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and other revenue generating opportunities like tourism and agriculture,” Mr Tuju said on behalf of Eagle that includes Peter Kenneth, the Kenya National Congress leader.

He warned that Kenya could go the Egypt or Tunisia way if unemployment was not arrested soon.

Mr Tuju also urged voters not to be forced into voting along tribal lines “they must vote for hope and not for hate or fear"

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