Youths protest being denied WRC Safari Rally jobs

A Safari Rally driver tests his car in Nairobi 0on May 18, 2023, ahead of the 2023 WRC. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Wakaba said middlemen had taken over the hiring, adding that area youths had little to show for it. This was echoed by Mathew Ariri, who lashed at area leaders for remaining silent as outsiders take over jobs.

He said for the third year running, the rally organisers had ignored residents and were working with outsiders.

"From youths to traders and hoteliers, all are complaining of how the organisers of WRC have given them a blackout, and it's time this changed," he said.

Another Boniface Mwangi said artists had been ignored in planning for the event. "We have not benefited from any project from WRC as Naivasha residents, and as artists we want to be given a platform to showcase our talent too," he said. [Antony Gitonga]