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Firm still recruiting more Kenyans despite scam warming

By Mercy Adhiambo | October 15th 2015

Hundreds of people yesterday turned up for job recruitment despite warnings that the exercise might be a scam.

A month ago, the recruiting organisation, East Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Safe Promotion (EASSASP), invited thousands of Kenyans for a launch of what it termed as 'the biggest career drive in the country' at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.

Jobseekers queue in a line from different regions of Kenya at the African Sub-saharan Africa Safe Promotion (EASSAP) offices where recruitment of unemployed kenyans who are registering with the organisation for different employment positions for people with different education background at the offices in Risa Court Ngong road.The organisation was formerly recruiting unemployed kenyans,jobseekers from Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani on 14th october 2015. (PHOTO: DAVID GICHURU/ STANDARD)

At Kasarani, the organisation allegedly demanded they part with registration fees of between Sh300 and Sh1, 000 for them to be absorbed into the programme.

And yesterday, the same scenario played out, as they had to buy badges worth Sh300 to be vetted for employment.

Some of the job seekers who had travelled from as far as Mombasa complained about how the exercise was being conducted, accusing the organisers of being stingy with information on how the job positions will be given.

EASSASP Chief Executive Officer Julius Kithome disputed the claims saying the organisation is recognised by the Government.

He said they are affiliated to the American government from where they receive their funding.

He said the money they demand from the job seekers was to pay for access to facilities such as the stadium.

Documents obtained by The Standard showed a database of members and the money they had paid for the programme.

A visit to their office at Risa Court on Ngong' Road revealed heaps of paperwork containing records of the job seekers.

The jobs ranged from managerial to casual work, depending on what the applicants indicated they wanted.

One of the applicants, a university graduate, said nobody who applied for a job was turned away.

They were, however, not told where and when they were supposed to report.

The recruits claimed even though they paid money, they were not issued with any receipt to indicate that the organisation received the money.

By yesterday evening, the US Embassy had not responded to our mail on whether its government funds the organisation.

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