Trans Nzoia women's representative Janet Nangabo has asked Governor Patrick Khaemba to consider other academic qualifications besides degree holders while recruiting county staff.
"It is a constitutional requirement that governors should hold degrees. It is not a must that all county employees should be university graduates," Nangabo said.
Speaking in Kitale yesterday, Nangabo said certificate and diploma holders should be hired. "The governor is discriminative over the degree requirement. There are other jobs that do not require degrees," she said.
Nangabo added: "How can a village administrator have a degree? This is a way of denying jobs to deserving people. Some people with low academic qualifications ably discharge duties." She said Trans Nzoia is home to squatters and poverty has barred youth from pursuing further education.
Nangabo asked Khaemba to employ Endebess seat losers, former Mayor Joshua Werunga and Jennifer Masis. The county government advertised various jobs last month where applicants must be a university graduates. Nangabo asked women and youth to join business groups for the purpose of getting loans for businesses.She urged the Trans Nzoia community to work in unity and reject anyone dividing them."I have already talked to other leaders who have said we will work together despite our different political affiliations" she said.