NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31- It’s on Sunday, August 30 and Kasarani Safaricom Stadium is a bee hive of activity.
From a distance, the public address system can be heard, “Nyanza West, Nyeri, Meru…come collect your letters…”
Still, one can hear some officials trying to sort some issues with ‘regional directors’. “No, let’s just finish issuing the letters today…but I think it’s too late. Let them come tomorrow.”
Thousands of Kenyans are sitting silently inside the stadium while others are outside mostly in small groups murmuring.
“I will be the Chief Accounting Officer of our area Sacco and the salary is Sh150, 000,” I overheard one of the youths excitedly inform a friend.
The gentleman, just like the thousands of both young and elderly people from across all parts of the country had gone to the stadium to get their job ‘appointment’ letters.
This was after they were offered job opportunities by the officials of East Africa S.S.A.S.P.F International Kenya, an illegal Non-Governmental Organisation as per the NGO coordination board.
A statement from the board’s corporate affairs manager Sekoh Nyadiero cautioned the public against dealing with the NGO stating that: “The NGO board has received numerous complaints from the public that the organisation has been soliciting for money from the general public with the promise of securing jobs both locally and abroad.”
Nyadiero, said the organisation has been hoodwinking Kenyans that “it is working in conjunction with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in all the 47 counties.”
Even with this warning, Kenyans chose to trust the organisation and seize the ‘opportunity’ of being employed within its lifetime.
“It will never be the same again…I just want to become useful,” a 26-year-old who only identified himself as Paul told Capital FM News.
Under his new role, despite studying for another professional he was to ‘earn’ Sh70,000 in another field.
A spot check by Capital FM News shows that majority of those who received their letters had a starting salary of either Sh70,000 or Sh150, 000.
The letter seen by our crew did not have their respective working places though the reporting date was on September 1, 2015.
The appointment letter however had the NGO’s stamp and a water mark.
“We have been asked to wait…they will call us (the officials),” one of the youths said. “I just hope they will pay the amount listed here. Nitakuwa Sonko (I will be rich).”