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Painful Story Of Kenyan Job Seeker Asking For Fare To Attend Interview

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Bitok blasted the job seeker for what he termed as babysitting him, adding that the young lad could only help himself so that he could be helped by others and not wait for such help to come to them.

Political analyst Gerald Bitok shared and criticized a story of how one of the job seekers he recommended for an interview had asked him to send him fare so that he could make it to the venue.

In a story divided into tweets shared on Tuesday, August 17, Bitok blasted the job seeker for what he termed as babysitting him, adding that the young lad could only help himself so that he could be helped by others and not wait for such help to come to them.

“It is time we told our young people that nobody is going to babysit you in this life. Forget about it. Yes, I said it.

Political analyst Gerald Bitok. /FILE

“Everyone is going through something if you don’t get up you’ll be whining to your grave. No apologies,” he wrote.

He gave an example of how over six of his family members contributed Ksh600 to travel to Nairobi for an interview, which he ended up failing. Without a way back, he was forced to pick a menial job that involved loading and offloading milk.

“I would want to imagine what would have happened if I said, “Mnitumie fare ndio nikuje (Send me fare so that I come),” he wondered.

His sentiments immediately led to a heated online debate, the majority of Kenyans tearing him apart for what they accused him of being entitled. One Kenyan woman penned an explosive thread uncovering the struggles Kenyans have to go through in terms of job hunting across the county.

“If you have been jobless for a while you know how hard it is to come even across Ksh200. You have attended every interview possible & most times you have to ask family & friends to send you even Ksh300 to get to the interview, thinking maybe this is it,” she narrated.

Without food, rent, and fare, one is faced with difficult decisions, and the ordeal is even more weighted when he or she has a family to take care of. The woman narrated that she used to leave her child at her neighbours to rush for interviews and eventually not being hired.

Andela software developers working together at the Kenya office in Nairobi. /THE STAR

It is an ordeal that many Kenyans have been all too familiar with. The struggles of unemployment weigh so much on them that some have confessed to returning to their home towns and villages to take up menial jobs.

“Unemployment can make you make decisions that you can never unchange. You can watch yourself sink into depression and there is nothing you can do,” she went on.

She offered advice to her fellow Kenyans to help those who are in a dark circle in life to the point of being unable to make it to interviews out of a lack of fare. Kenyans have since pressured Bitok to share the job seeker’s number so that they could send him whatever amount they can, among them NTV anchor James Smart.

Others, however, defended Bitok’s move, saying that one has to show the employer that he or she is a person of means.

“With all due respect, asking your potential employer for fare is a bad start to an interview. We all have problems.

“You have to show that you are a person of means because if he gives you fare now, where will you get fare the rest of the 30 days before your first salary,” posed user Ole Pundit

He recommended for one to walk to the interview in the event he or she really wants that job.

Digital journalist Marvin Chege, who is now attached to Viral Tea, revealed that he was sent away from an internship because he allegedly asked the Human Resource admin (HR) for fare to go to the office.

“Until now, I do not understand how employers claim that they have no right to help you even with fare to come to work yet they earn millions every week. That you are on your own. 

“That week still rings to date, I had no one to turn to, other than the HR whom I thought she was a good friend. She ended up telling the managers and the next thing I know, I get called to the office and told that they’re letting me go,” he revealed.

He added that the reason they decided on helping him was so that they could give him another chance, otherwise they assumed that he was not ready for the job.

“If they really wanted me, they shouldn’t have fired me after I asked for help. Owing to that experience, I began viewing a lot of employers in this country as being unwilling to help those in need, in terms of fare, even bundles to attend interviews. 

“Seeing Bitok’s tweet just triggered memories of that internship, and I would honestly not want to work for him and for anyone with that kind of misused privilege,” he ranted, adding that the revelation partly pushed him to launch his business.

Traffic jam along Thika Road. /MARVINCHEGE.VIRALTEAKE





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About author: Digital journalist and managing director with a passion for writing captivating stories. Marvin is a young scribe, a social media, sports, gaming junkie and realist who specialises in viral news, multimedia and investigative storytelling.

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