In Summary
  • The total number of employed Kenyans has been growing at an average rate of about 5.07 per cent since 2013.
  • President William Ruto had announced that through the Affordable Housing Program, 1.8 million jobs will be created.

Thousands jobseekers on Monday flocked Embakasi Garrison grounds in Nairobi seeking to secure the 350 vacancies advertised by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

A photo seen by Ghetto Radio showed that the mammoth crowd had spilled over to the Eastern Bypass therefore causing traffic snarl-up.

The drive targets individuals who have undergone the National Youth Service (NYS) training and is slated to run till Friday, September 2022.

In an announcement last week, KDF noted that eligible applicants should possess a clearance letter from NYS and have scored a minimum of grade D plain in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

“Good evening members, KDF will conduct recruitment at Embakasi Garrison on Monday, September 18 to September 22 to enlist only NYS potentials,” read the message that went viral on social media.

“Requirements are D plain and above, NYS discharge letter with credit of character very good. Please pass that information to the relevant candidates.”

The recruitment succeeds a recent KDF recruitment drive for specialist officers as well as tradesmen and women which closed on Friday, September 8. The list of shortlisted candidates was released a week later on Saturday.

A total of 1,606 candidates are in the running to join the force, 347 of which qualified for the position of specialist officers while 1,259 seek to fill the tradesmen and women position.

After the recruitment of NYS potentials is over, the force will embark on interviews of the shortlisted candidates beginning Monday the following week.

The country is currently facing an increased rate of unemployment, with a report by Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) stating that Kenya’s labour market has remained almost unchanged since 2013.

September 18, 2023

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