NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1- The Jubilee Government is set to enhance a youth specific affirmative action on procurement to 25 percent so as to mainstream their participation in economic development.
According to Jubilee’s Director of Communications, Machel Waikenda, the Government will further undertake a national audit of skills and competencies and align training opportunities and resources to respond to their demands.
“Jubilee Coalition rolled out an extensive and impressive campaign whose manifesto centred on uniting and reconciling the country as well as steering growth and development. Set to largely benefit is the Kenyan youth who constitute about 55 percent of the Kenyan population,” he said.
Currently, 70 percent of the unemployed people in Kenya are the youth and according to Waikenda, the high rate remains one of the greatest challenges facing the country.
He says that the education system in Kenya is not geared towards market demand and unemployed youth though with education, do not possess relevant skills.
Waikenda maintains that the Jubilee Government will first seek to unite all Kenyans including those who did not vote for president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The President represents the whole country even those who never voted in his favour. It is what true patriotism really is about,” he added.
Already The National Alliance (TNA) on whose ticket Kenyatta sought the presidency has nominated youthful MPs in party Chairman Johnson Sakaja, Amina Abdalla and Janet Mararia Teiyaa to the 11th Parliament.
On the other hand the United Republican party (URP) which nominated Deputy President-elect William Ruto has chosen journalist Naisula Lesuuda and former Youth Agenda Communications Officer Lydia Mathya to the Senate.
The coalition launched a manifesto based on three main pillars as a long term strategic plan for transforming Kenya.
The pillars are Umoja (National Cohesion and Unity); Uchumi (Economic transformation) and Uwazi (Transparency and accountability).