More than 3,000 Kenyans were dispersed by riot police in Nairobi on Thursday (9th July) after disturbances broke out in queues of job-seekers waiting to be interviewed at the City Stadium.
GV Crowds outside stadium.
SV Jobhunters looking at numbers board.
SV Police controlling crowds (3 shots)
SV Policemen directing woman to stadium entrance 14
CU Sign 'Nairobi City Stadium'
SV & CU... Selected jobhunters registering inside stadium (3 shots)
CU Policeman looks on.
SV Official addresses selected jobhunters
GV PAN ..People listening.
GV PAN Policemen dispersing crowds outside stadium. (5 shots)
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Background: More than 3,000 Kenyans were dispersed by riot police in Nairobi on Thursday (9th July) after disturbances broke out in queues of job-seekers waiting to be interviewed at the City Stadium.
Under the terms of the country's Tripartite Agreement, 150,000 job-seekers were registered in Kenya this week, but it is estimated that less than half of this number will be found work
Because of minor disturbances in Nairobi recently, Labour Office officials decided to call in those registered in controllable batches for interview. Notice boards and newspaper advertisements displayed selected groupings of registration numbers for the days ahead, but on Thursday (9th July), the first day of the planned interviewing, 3,000 Kenyans arrived instead of an intended 300.
When it became obvious that only a small number could be interviewed for jobs the crowd outside the stadium grew increasingly restless and duty police had to disperse it before threatened violence could take hold. Meanwhile, the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Mr. Odhiambo, has appealed to Kenyans seeking jobs not to turn up at selection centres such as the City Stadium until their numbers are called. The interviewing process is expected to take some weeks, and the Ministry of Labour has appealed to people already with jobs to keep away from the registration centres.