I was dismissed and told my chest was too small - MP narrates struggles to get a job

Tough world of unemployment for everyone

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Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali has recounted his former days as a job seeker including two tryouts during a KDF recruitment exercise.

Ali narrated that he was so desperate for a job that he even applied for a job at a Christian radio station despite him being a Muslim.

"I wrote over 30 application letters, walked from station to station hoping that I would get a job.

"The first time [I tried to join the military] I was dismissed and told that my chest was too small. In my next attempt the police asked for a Sh 20,000 bribe," the MP narrated.

Mohammed Ali's big break

The MP related that he attempted to convince his mother to give the bribe but she refused.

"I was pissed off that the Government that was promising the youth that it would give them jobs was asking for bribes in exchange," he relayed.

The legislator's big break came in 2007 when there was a mass exodus of journalists from KTN and he got an opportunity to join the media house.

The first time MP is remembered for his bold investigative pieces that exposed misdeeds by high profile individuals in the country.

During the interview with Kalekye Mumo, Ali also revealed that Lands CS Farida Karoney has been a great inspiration to him.


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