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Relief for job seekers as MPs rule out the need of clearance certificate when applying for a job

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Job seekers in Kenya can now sigh with relief after Members of the National Assembly passed a bill against requirements that all applicants must provide clearance certificates when looking for employment.

In a statement shared on Wednesday, November 10, Nominated MP Gideon Keter, who sponsored the bill, noted that MPs passed the bill without any objections.

He further explained that only individuals that are offered jobs will be required to carry out background checks on themselves.

“However, now a cure has come through this amendment whereby an employer shall no longer perceive job seekers as a wrongdoer before they apply for a job. The solution to all these bottlenecks is that an employer will no longer ask job seekers for such documents until or unless an offer of employment is guaranteed,” he stated.

To prove his case, Keter noted that some states in the U.S mandated employers to shoulder the burden of verifying their new recruits’ histories.

“Job seeking should not be an adventure where job seekers must prove that they are not a wrongdoer or haven’t engaged in any crime in the past.”

Previously, job applicants were required to get clearance certificates that would cost them as much as Ksh6,000 in a tedious and time-consuming exercise.

The certificates include that of good conduct gotten from the DCI, another from the Ethics and Corruption Commission (EACC), one from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), another from Higher Loans Board (HELB) and a Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) clearance.

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