As we approach the elections, the cost of living and unemployment are at the peak, raising alarm on the need to elect leaders of integrity who will change the economic situation.
Youth and other categories of voters are encouraged to turn up in large numbers and elect leaders of integrity without putting into consideration ethnic biases. The unemployment situation in Kenya as per the International Labour Organization (ILO) was at an average of 6.6 per cent in 2021 and has since increased owing to the inflation rate. According to ILO, the maximum rate of unemployment was at the peak of 12.2 per cent and minimum was 4.7 per cent. Generally, the rise of unemployment is associated with a decline in real GDP growth.
The 2022/23 budget statement captures, ‘Accelerating Economic
Recovery for Improved Livelihood’ as it’s theme of the year, given that the annual average inflation rate as at March was at 6.29. This shows that Kenyans need to take responsibility for the growth of the nation by electing leaders without favouritism or populism.
The message of voting leaders of integrity should be inculcated both within the county and national government. One of the targets of devolved units was to create employments, but this has been overlooked. Even though the national government guides in policy formulation, it must join hands with county governments to create jobs.
With only four months ahead of the elections, Kenyans expect aspirants to arm themselves with strategies on how they will redeem the economy, create jobs, fight corruption, ensure that the education system works efficiently, create unity and action the constitutional rights of the common Kenyan.
Investment in youth development should be priority in the aspirants list of desires. Article 55, obligates the State to ensure youth employment and empowerment is guaranteed, this deters corruption. Innovation and entrepreneurship projects play a huge part in socio-economic development; hence these should be included in the country’s key priorities.
The incoming leaders are also expected to include youth in policy making, e specially those who are learned, have degrees and are yet to get employment. At least 70 per cent of the unemployed youth are graduates whose knowledge should be harnessed to create game changing innovations.
Incoming leaders are expected align key government policies to youth unemployment such the capping of bank interest rates to start-ups. Reconsidering policies directed towards backing up the Kenyan youth, will be instrumental in the growth of Kenya in a huge way.