KIAMBU, Kenya, Jun 28 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has announced his government’s plan to upscale and boost small and medium enterprises in a bid to create employment.
Kabogo said that unemployment rate remained high despite concerted efforts by both the national and county governments through various incentives.
He noted that while there were various funds floated targeting mainly the youth and women, the uptake was very low due to either lack of financial understanding or fear of commitment.
Governor Kabogo said that his government was restructuring and upgrading markets across the county while offering start-up capital to residents through the Kiambu Biashara Fund.
“The biggest problem we have as a country is unemployment which greatly contributes to insecurity. It is the high time the country came up with urgent measures because if the youth who constitute close to 80 percent of the Kenyan population were constructively engaged even the GDP will grow,” he said.
Speaking in Wangige at the launch an egg market, Kabogo challenged the youth and termed it a matter of urgency, to start up small scale businesses and also enrol for the various initiatives by the government seeing that white collar jobs are not forthcoming.
“The county will complete the other markets under construction because we want to see livelihoods changed for the better,” said Kabogo.
The egg wholesale and retail market will see increased trade while opening up the region to development. The market serves Kiambu and Nairobi residents.
Elsewhere, Karuri traders breathed a sigh of relief when the county government opened a newly constructed market that had stalled for over 10 years.
The traders who had been previously relocated to a private land under the now defunct county council said the new market would boost their trade.
“Opening of the Karuri market will boost small scale traders and revamp the neighbourhood. We have seen people moving in to the neighbourhood. Seven more markets are set to be constructed across the county starting October,” said the Chief Officer Trade, Dr Sam Otieno.