Youth in Mombasa have decried the high cost of living and unemployment in the county.
The youth led by Majengo youth leader Mohammed Hussein famously known as ‘Amadoh’ said that the closure of a number of both private and public entities was a sign that youth needed to change focus and concentrate more on self reliance than seeking employment.
While addressing a youth forum in Majengo on Sunday, Amadoh said that the recent closure of Uchumi supermarket in Mombasa was a sign that youth have no place in the current economic hardships facing the country and should create employment.
Hussein said that the rate at which those employed were being retrenched as companies were struggling to keep up to the economic hardships was worrying and a true sign that youth will for longer grapple with unemployment.
He proposed proper awareness for the youth in Mombasa on how to start and grow their businesses.
Apart from employing ourselves we should in fact focus on creating employment for our colleagues to so that we also absorb them in our small enterprises,” added Mr. Hussein.
He said that though the youth enterprise fund, the Uwezo fund among other public funds targeting youth were available information about them were scanty for the youth.
“Let’s go for these funds and utilize them so that we overcome various economic challenges we are facing,” he told the youths.
Hussein urged those responsible for disbursing the funds to youth groups to conduct grassroots awareness campaign on the requirements so that youth can fully understand the process of accessing Youth Enterprise Development fund as well as Uwezo fund.
He however revealed that most youth groups in Mvita were aided by Mvita Member of parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir in accessing the funds.