Bill Clinton's Mother Speaks on Son Threatening to Burn Academic Certificates

  • Photo collage between Bill Clinton Muguai and his academic certificate
    Photo collage between Bill Clinton Muguai and his academic certificate.
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  • Bill Clinton Muguai's mother opened up on a series of frustrations she has faced due to her son's unemployment.

    Waithira Wanjohi was saddened by her son, the University of Nairobi engineering graduate, threatening to burn his academic certificates. 

    Speaking on Monday, October 24, the single mother recalled how the family struggled to raise school fees for the embattled son who tarmacked for over two years searching for a job. 

    Her son's tribulations saw her sink into depression as Muguai was touted to change the family fortunes. 

    Waithira Wanjohi, Bill Clinton Muguai's mother speaking on Monday October 24,2022
    Waithira Wanjohi, Bill Clinton Muguai's mother, speaking on Monday, October 24, 2022.
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    "Educating this child was not a small job. You can imagine a single mother like me with no job and all the struggles I had to go through to facilitate his studies," Wanjohi stated.

    "At some point, I even lost the meaning of life watching my son struggle to secure employment with all his academic accolades," she added.

    She added that her son resolved to become a content creator after a series of disappointments. The 25-year-old failed to secure both an internship and a job after graduating in 2020.

    Muguai went viral after threatening to burn his academic certificates. The First Class Honours graduate lamented that he hit a breaking point after rejection. 

    "I was like, I have been applying for jobs here and abroad, why should I apply anymore," he posed.

    Besides excelling in university, Muguai attained straight As in his KSCE examination in 2015.

    "I was falling into depression in my 2nd and 3rd year, but I finished and got my First Class honours," he stated.

    The rejection compelled him to retreat to the village, where he spent a year farming and trying to learn new skills to match the current job demands.

    He tried coding to expand his job search prospects but still did not attract prospective employers. He then decided to try blogging, his last evoking mixed reactions. 

    Following his viral statements, Kenyans online called on the government to review the job market to address the unemployment menace in the country.

    World Bank data shows that 5.7 per cent of Kenya’s labour force was retrenched in 2021, up from 2.8 per cent when the Jubilee administration took over in 2013.

    It projected the rate to increase by the end of the year due to the recession and global inflation.

    Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
    Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
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