Uhuru saves job seekers from costly clearance certificates


Job seekers have been given relief from costly clearance certificates after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Jobs (Amendment) Bill into law on Monday April 4.

The law states that employers will only be required to ask potential employees to present academic certificates and any other documents that are used at zero cost.

For documents where job seekers are charged, such as those obtained from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), Credit and Reference Bureau (CRB ), employers can only apply for them once employment is guaranteed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs five parliamentary bills on Monday, April 4 at State House, Nairobi.

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“The law empowers job seekers by requiring employers to only request clearance or compliance certificates after granting a job offer to a prospective employee.” Previously, potential employees were required to avail themselves of these documents when applying for employment,” the president noted while welcoming the new law.

Other bills that have been signed into law include the Supplementary Appropriation Bill I of 2022 (Supplementary Estimates) and Copyright (Amendment) Bill, Deposit Insurance Bill Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Industrial Training (Amendment) Bill 2022.

The supplementary budget will see the release of 139.7 billion Kenyan shillings of treasury funds which will be used for drought-related response, security operations, election preparedness, fuel stabilization and settlement of pending bills. .

About 40%, or Ksh 34.4 billion, of the additional budget will be spent on oil subsidies, which is expected to end the current fuel crisis in the country.

“A sum of Kshs 34,446,813,295 from the supplementary budget has been allocated for the government’s fuel stabilization program aimed at protecting Kenyans from high fuel prices occasioned by the worsening global energy crisis,” reads the news. law.

This is in line with an earlier statement by the Principal Secretary for Petroleum and Mines, Andrew Kamau, who noted that the government would release money to pay a Ksh 13 billion bill owed to oil traders.

The government will allocate Ksh 8.8 billion to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to facilitate its preparation for the August 9 general elections.

In addition, the National Police Service (NPS) will receive Ksh 950 million for the recruitment of officers to increase their numbers and enable them to provide security during the election period.

Government projects that have received a financial boost include the Kenya Meat Commission Livestock Adoption Scheme (Ksh 1.4 billion); the State Department for Decentralization for direct mitigation efforts (Ksh 1.2 billion) and the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) which got Ksh 8.1 billion.

“Ksh 6.9 billion to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to cover teacher salaries, training and related expenses. The Ministry of Education has been allocated Ksh 2 billion in the Supplementary Budget for the construction of additional classrooms,” the statement read in part.

Petrol station in Kileleshwa showing motorists queuing to fill up on Saturday April 2, 2022

Petrol station in Kileleshwa showing motorists queuing to fill up on Saturday April 2, 2022

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