Feb 25 2013
Thanks to the Kenyan presidential election, Wilson Omondi finally has steady work. The 25-year-old scours the internet every morning to find out where prime minister Raila Odinga, one of the frontrunners in the race, will be that day. Then he packs a bag full of Odinga-branded paraphernalia he has had made and hops on a bus.
He’ll spend the day walking around the crowd, selling baseball caps, T-shirts and posters. On a good day, he says, he makes about £20.
Omondi gave his support to Odinga because of the candidate’s promise to deliver free primary and secondary education. It is an important issue to the young entrepreneur – he had to drop out of school a year before graduating because his family could not afford the fees. If Odinga wins on 4 March, Omondi says he will finish school so he can get a better job than selling T-shirts championing presidential hopefuls.
He is not the only young person closely following what the eight presidential candidates are saying during this campaign. And the issues young voters want to hear about are how the presidential aspirants plan to improve education and create better jobs.