10 Million Households Affected Following Job Loss during Covid-19 Pandemic

A report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has revealed that at least 2 million Kenyans lost their jobs during the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic period.

The report that sought to find out the effect of Covid-19 on Labour relations and access to justice noted that as a result of the massive job loss, at least 10 million households were affected.

Speaking to the press after the launch of the report in Eldoret town, KNCHR Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bernard Mogesa expressed the need for the government and other stakeholders to come up with ways that will ensure challenges faced in the labor sector do not reoccur in future pandemics.

“We need to highlight the policy and legislation issues that need to be addressed in the sector. We have to refocus on laws and policies on how to address the pandemic in the future,” noted Dr. Mogesa.

KNCHR Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bernard Mogesa

The informal sector was worst hit with job losses as many of the Small Medium Entreprises were closed down.

However, individuals employed by government institutions like ministries, departments, and parastatals were the least affected by the job loss.

The report also noted that access to justice was a challenge during the pandemic period – as many departments, including Judiciary, opted to take their services online.

“As we think of utilizing technology in accessing justice, government and other players need to invest in technology to enable Kenyans access key services,” said the KNCHR boss.

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