In Summary
  • President Kenyatta’s Cabinet has been camping at the Treasury discussing  how the government’s first 100 days development agenda will be rolled out.

  • In 2013, he pledged a million jobs a year but had a shortfall of 200,000.

Creation of jobs for the youth and constructing houses for low-income earners will be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s focus in office in the first 100 days of his second and final term.

It has emerged that the President wants to bank on the foundation created since 2013 to open up more industries that will spur job creation.

On housing, a ground breaking, affordable housing project is expected to start  in March 2018 with slum upgrading beginning in June. 

President Kenyatta’s Cabinet has been camping at the Treasury discussing  how the government’s first 100 days development agenda will be rolled out.

The Cabinet Secretaries have been going through all the promises made during the campaign trail and coming up with ways of implementing them.

“He calls the CSs even during the meeting to know the progress. This tells you how serious this meeting is. Job creation will be the main agenda before moving to other agendas,” a Treasury insider told the Nation.  

JOB CREATION

In focus will be the Ministry of Manufacturing, Trade and Industry mostly responsible for creating these jobs.

The ministry is currently headed by Adan Mohamed.

During his swearing in last Tuesday, the Head of State underlined the importance of job creation for the young population as one of his administration’s topmost priority.

“In this regard, we will target manufacturing. As you know our manufacturing sector is the primary vehicle for the creation of decent jobs. We will build on ongoing efforts, such as the VW and Peugeot motor-vehicle assembly plants; the fertiliser blending factories; and Wrigleys in the confectionery industry. Similarly, we will target the creation of 1,000 small and medium scale enterprises in agro-processing,” he said.

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