Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday August 29 addressed the KCPE and KCSE candidates following their lost school year attributed to the closure of schools in March to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The ODM party leader emphasized with the candidates during the concert dubbed Kenya Ni Yetu to celebrate the resilience of the nation in the face of the adversity of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I sympathise with particularly the younger generation, the youth, those who were preparing to do their KCPE or KCSE around this time, they are no going to be able to do it.
“I want to tell them that times like this there must be perseverance, we are actually sure that things will change and they will be able to do their exams and move on with their lives,” urged Raila.
The abrupt closure of schools has scrapped any lingering hope of the candidates completing their school year this year, but major hints point out to a possible resumption of schools before next year, according to Education CS George Magoha.
Raila also urged landlords to bear with tenants who are able to cater for rent during the pandemic with the country’s economy being adversely affected.
“Our economy has received a hit just like many other counties, jobs have been lost, careers have been ruined.
“We want to continue pleading with our landlords to be more compassionate and considerate to those who are not able to afford the rent at this time of the pandemic,” he noted.
Since the pandemic hit the country, a section of landlords have hit the headlines with their inhuman acts to tenants as some have gone to extremes of taking off roofs for rent defaulters.
Some of the tenants have been forced to move to areas where rent is cheaper while some have restored to moving upcountry.
The African Union special envoy asked politicians not to raise political temperatures in the country during the pandemic during them to unite the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also shared a message during the concert asking Kenyans to continue adhering to the set COVID-19 guidelines by the Ministry.
The Kenya Ni Yetu concert was aired across all TV and radio stations on Saturday August 29 and featured nearly 30 artists including features from Eric Wainaina and Sauti Sol.
The hour-long concert also featured Suzanna Owiyo and three time Grammy award winning artist Gramps Morgan.