Man Arrested While Begging for Job Outside NTV Offices

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    Police arrest a man who caused a scene outside NMG offices on Wednesday, August 26, 2020
  • Police on Wednesday, August 26, apprehended a youth who caused a scene by begging for jobs outside the Nation Centre along Kimathi Street, Nairobi.

    The man was accused of creating a public disturbance by shouting agitatedly at passers-by and onlookers.

    He was also blamed for harassing the passers-by. Three armed police officers intervened and arrested him as a crowd stood by and watched the law enforcers drag him away.

    A photo of the incident indicated a painful struggle with the police as the dragged him off the scene with tugging on his clothes.

    The Nation Centre building in Nairobi's Kimathi Street where the Nation Media Group offices are located.
    The Nation Centre building in Nairobi's Kimathi Street where the Nation Media Group offices are located.
    Simon Kiragu

    This was after they had handcuffed him. 

    On Wednesday, August 26, Treasury CS Ukuru Yattani disclosed that over 60% of Kenyans have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country on Friday, March 13.

    A survey conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 indicated that the massive job losses were directly linked to Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Kenyans are also facing more other issues ranging from, inability to pay rent and to purchase basics such as food.

    Yattani stated that the government was collaborating with development partners, private sector players and other stakeholders to address the challenges, including job losses. President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an Eight Point Economic Stimulus Program to cushion Kenyans from the pandemic. 

    The Kenya Population and Housing Census indicated that 5.3 million Kenyans out of the 13.7 million aged between 18-35 (30%) were jobless. A survey by the United Nations estimated that Kenya will have approximately 3.5 million severely food insecure people in the months of July and August 2020.

    The survey was released a few days after a survey by GeoPoll titled Financial Impact of Covid-19 also detailed that over 17 million Kenyans were poised to deplete their savings in August 2020.

    A client using an ATM.
    A file image of a client using an ATM.

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