The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: North Rift Leaders Divided Over Parastatal Top Jobs

THE North Rift MPs have differed on the heads of parastatal appointments by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Some of the leaders want the degazettement of the 26 individuals appointed in December.

They said the individuals are old guards being brought back into the government. They were speaking on Wednesday during the New Year's thanksgiving ceremony organised by Soy MP Edwin Barchilei in Uasin Gishu county.

manifesto. Barchilei said Uhuru should have consulted the MPs before appointing the retirees. He said there are many experienced young people who deserved the positions.

"The manifesto talks of creating jobs and now the government is hiring people who worked in the previous regime. Youth who have skills to head those positions have been left out," Barchilei said. He accused Uhuru of appointing individuals from one county. Francis Muthaura was appointed to head the Lapsset Corridor Development Authority.

Rift Valley Kanu representative Jonathan Bii said the government is recycling old men without considering millions of youth who are jobless. Bii said the government has disregarded the contribution of Kanu to the formation of Jubilee. "Kanu is in the Jubilee government and it seems we are being sidelined yet we contributed to the making of the government," he said. Bii said they want Uhuru to consider other partners and not recycle retirees.

Uasin Gishu Senator Isaac Melly said old people no longer have new ideas to inject into the developments needed. Melly said young people who voted for Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto should be rewarded.

However, Nandi Senator Stephen Sang said there are more than 200 appointments to be made. Speaking on the phone, he said it is too early to conclude that the list has not factored in gender, ethnic and regional balance. Sang, who is Ruto's close ally, said he is aware of young individuals who are lined up for appointment.

"Uhuru and Ruto are aware of the constitutional threshold. It is wrong to judge that the list is not all inclusive," he said. Sang said the chairmanship position suits old guards and CEO's positions fit youthful people.

"I would oppose the appointment of old people into CEO posts but few elderly people getting chairmanship posts is welcome, since it requires little work," he said. Turbo MP Elisha Busienei on the other hand said the government needs old men for advice because of their vast experiences in running government businesses.

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