Orange Democratic Party leader, Raila Odinga has unveiled plans to streamline the Jua Kali sector in the country if he clinches power.
“I am here to announce a raft of measures that I wish to pursue in the coming months and when in government to help lift the informal sector to its rightful place”, said Odinga.
Speaking in a press conference held on Tuesday at his Karen residence, Odinga said he will adopt the recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy to ensure that Jua Kali workers are treated and paid fairly.
“I firmly support we implement the recognition of Prior Learning Policy in Kenya (RPL). We have too many skilled Kenyans with no papers who flock to industrial areas for jobs that pay less”, he said.
The former Premier noted that, the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy will help identify a worker’s knowledge, skills, and competence regardless of how and where they were acquired.
He observed that those working in the informal sector are forced to take meager payments despite their unmatched skills due to lack of proper academic credentials.
Azimio-One Kenya presidential flag bearer further gave an example of painters, tile fitters, mechanics, plumbers, and furniture makers whom he praised for doing a good job but regretted they had to use middlemen to secure job opportunities.
“jua kali workers instead go to middlemen who have papers but no skills, who in turn hire the tile fitters and take the lion’s share of the payout, Odinga regretted.