Young legislators decry sidelining of youth in presidential appointments
A section of young parliamentarians has decried failure by President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider young people in his recent appointments.
Speaking to the media, the lawmakers said such exclusion was unconstitutional and wanted the president to rope in the youth in his next round of appointments.
We are surprised that young people were excluded from appointments to top government jobs. We expect that in his next round of appointments, the president considers the young population since it makes the greater percentage of the country’s population,” said Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
The caucus lauded the government for its spirited fight against corruption, saying the vice had condemned many educated young people to joblessness and poverty.
I have proposed an amendment of the constitution where culprits of corruption will be jailed for not less than ten years unlike in the current situation where they are jailed for not more than ten years. The bill is at the second reading stage,” revealed Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
The legislators called upon their fellow lawmakers to pass the emotive one-third gender rule but insisted on age balancing in its implementation.
They said they have presented the Building Bridges Initiative with a comprehensive proposal on inclusion of youth in governance.
Kaiti MP Joshua Kimilu Joshua Kimilu called for scrapping of expensive and lengthy clearances by government agencies for young graduates who seek jobs.
Currently, graduates are required to get clearance from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission among others.
Sakaja called upon both tiers of government to heed the president’s directive and avail at least 30% of tenders to the youth. He added the parliament should enshrine the directive in the constitution.