Youthful TNA Party Chairman Johnson Sakaja’s bragging rights on social media were cut short when ‘youths’ told him point blunt that his bill is another publicity stunt meant to hoodwink young people that the Jubilee regime is doing something for young people.
The nominated MP’s bill, officially referred to as Â the ‘National YouthÂ Employment Authority Act, 2015′ seeks to, among other things, establish the ‘National Youth Employment Authority’ which shall oversee the employment of youths in Kenya.
Sakaja’s Bill is a waste of parliament’s time and should be defeated in the floor of the house.
A different vision for the future for young people should not be pegged on ‘job centres’ and another parastatal to meant for youths. Where are the jobs?
This way, Sakaja is contributing to removing youths in the mainstream and bundling them with other ‘special interest groups’ the same way women employment is today a gender equity issue regardless of the qualification of such women.
Here is how young Kenyans responded when the Bill’s author, Hon Sakaja, called for support of the bill:
“Without the benefit of reading the bill in its entirety, I suspect it’s just another publicity stunt to hoodwink the youth that something is being done. Mr. sakaja, jobs are a product of an investment to satisfy an actual need either locally or abroad. Jobs that are out of philanthropy are not sustainable in the long run. They are like printing money which is not backed any productivity, in a short while it becomes mere paper. so think harder on sustainable solutions on unemployment” commented Peter Muteru.
One of the bill’s objectives is to “provide for the maintenance of aÂ database of all Kenyans seekingÂ employment”, and. “then what?”, wondered another Kenyan.
Many also took issue with the MP for drafting a ‘lousy bill’, stating some of the provisions of the bill are already dormant in other acts of parliament which have been so far accented to by the president are now laws.
Employment, Sakaja should be reminded, is a product of an enabling environment, not more legislation.
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