Kenya: Kakamega Traders Protest Over Kiosks

ACTIVITIES at a road’s construction company in Kakamega county were yesterday paralysed after hundreds of youth blocked staff of the company from entering site office. The youth protested against what they termed the discriminatory employment by the firm. The close to 1,000 youth drawn from Matete, Likuyani, Lugari and Uasin Gishu districts jammed the gate to the premises housing the offices of the company at Mwamba trading center along the Eldoret- Webuye highway in Lugari district.

The youth who had reported at the Maltauro Roads Construction Company offices for the last one year with a view to being employed lamented that the management was discriminating against the local youth and was instead hiring foreigners to carry out casual duties. They claimed that while the company kept promising them jobs, it has brought in over 200 youth from Narok. Sensing danger, the company management called in administration police officers from the Lugari DC’s office who were joined by their colleagues from Uasin Gishu to help contain the situation.

It took several hours of concerted efforts by the officers to contain the youth who had turned violent. Efforts to get comments from the company’s site manager Diego Rossi were futile as he was reported to be away on official duties. The firm’s Public Relations Officer David Ndolo declined to speak to reporters instead referring them to the site manager who was not present.

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