According to the 2017 Economic Survey, at least 80,000 students graduate from Kenyan Universities every year.
This huge number of students graduating from both public and private Universities is way more than what the economy can absorb.
This has made it difficult for a majority of Kenyan youths to secure employment in the formal sector, making Kenya have the highest unemployment rate in East Africa.
Children from rich backgrounds however tend to get jobs easier than those from humble backgrounds.
Rarely do you get a child of a politician not getting a job immediately after completing school.
It was thus a surprise after Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s daughter Winnie Odinga recalled how difficult it was for her to secure an employment opportunity.
Winnie Odinga, an alumnus of the Drexel Univesity, Philadelphia in the United States said she returned to the country in 2013 just after the General Election where her dad had lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking to Iko Nini podcast on YouTube, the political science graduate said that most employers were reluctant to hire her especially due to her family’s background.
She said immediately after her father retired as the Prime Minister, in the build-up to the elections, he lost all his friends and that could not help his daughter secure a job.
Raila’s daughter revealed that she hustled and applied for jobs but she could not get one.
“When I came back, Jubilee had just taken over. No one was hiring me. My father was now not the prime minister. It’s Odinga, no way, no job. I tarmacked for like two years. I used to apply for jobs like crazy. I couldn’t get work anywhere” she said.
Last year, Kivumbi.co.ke reported that the 32-year-old lady vowed to get married in the State House after her father wins the 2022 presidential election.
“Tell them that I said, Winnie Odinga will get married in 2022, on the lawns of State House, And you are all invited, so if you want that to happen, go register to vote,” she said after issuing an arguably powerful speech to youths.