Lamu human rights defenders have appealed to the government to ensure transparency in employment opportunities in the Lamu Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport- LAPSSET.
The activists have raised concerns over discrimination in employment opportunities.
Led by Human rights lobby Haki Africa Lamu county Coordinator Yunus Isaack Ahmed, the defenders and youth activists have demanded an explanation as to why it has taken so long for the Lamu port management to absorb the youth.
According to Mr. Ahmed despite the youth being interviewed more than one and a half years ago, none of them has benefited from the LAPSSET jobs.
He said such discrimination have caused the youthful generation psychological suffering.
“In the first phase of employment we were told over 100 Lamu youth will be prioritised, to date none of them has gotten any employment opportunity,” revealed Ahmed.
Mr. Ahmed scoffed at the national government for forgetting Lamu youth alleging that majority of the youth are not educated.
“This is so untrue, most of our youth are graduates and in despair following the discrimination in employment opportunities,” reiterated Ahmed.
He appealed for consideration in all employment opportunity in government organisations and parastatals.
The human rights defender appealed to the Lamu county government to also consider Lamu youth in various vacancies in the county government.
He said, despite Lamu county government having various opportunities that could largely help the youth, it has completely side-lined them.
“It is such discrimination in employment opportunities that has forced many youth into drugs and substance abuse,” Mr. Ahmed charged.