Kabogo's Request for Masters Graduate Selling Flowers Elicits Debate

  • Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo’s post on a Masters degree graduate selling flowers elicited debate on social media.

    In a post on Tuesday, December 13, Kabogo asked Kenyans to help him find the graduate – only known as Michael- formal employment.

    The former county boss explained that Michael needed to practice his academic skills, having graduated as a Human Resource(HR) practitioner.

    “This young hustler Michael is an HR degree holder and also has a Masters in HR. He is now selling flowers as a job. Let us try to get him a place to utilize his studies,” he stated.

    Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo addressing a rally in Limuru on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

    Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo speaking at a rally in Limuru on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.


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    Consequently, Kenyans took to social media to air their views over Kabogo’s request with many noting that Michael’s story was a reflection of the current state of unemployment in the country.

    Others also urged the governor to share the academic papers so that they could assist in securing employment for the HR graduate.

    A section of online users, however, called on Kenyans to shift their perception of blue-collar jobs.

    In particular, a number of people noted that one could earn a decent living and even make millions if one worked in the informal sector.

    “He’s in the right place. Let him use his training to scale up the business. Get him capital if you can,” Victor Otieno commented on the post.

    The country’s education system also took centre stage as others called on the government and universities to train students for self-employment.

    “Such a young man needs empowerment. With his education, he can do online jobs so long as you empower him with a laptop with free internet,”

    “Currently, jobs are scarce due to population,” Waweru Jayson echoed.

    A man working using a laptop. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, working from home is the new normal

    An individual using a laptop


Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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