Kenya Kwanza: Stop recycling public servants, give opportunity to the youth

Kenya Kwanza: Stop recycling public servants, give opportunity to the youth

By Joshua Cheloti

The appointment of old guards to public servant jobs was one of the major things that Kenyans usually criticized the Jubilee government for.

During the reign of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, there were a number of appointments that did not go down well with Kenyans, as they felt the individuals were too old to be given government jobs.

Critics argued that rather than recycle retirees back to government offices, it would be better to give the opportunity to the youth.

But to counter the criticisms, the former President claimed the old were less likely to be involved in corruption, and that they were more effective in their work – an argument that definitely did not convince the critics.

The manner in which the Jubilee government handled appointments arguably had an effect on how Kenyans voted in the August 9, 2022, poll.

I believe a majority of those that voted for the Kenya Kwanza government were hoping to see a change in many things – one of them being seeing government jobs given to the youth.

Kenya Kwanza under the stewardship of President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua gave hope to many that things will never be the same again.

The hustlers knew it was finally their time to get those elusive lucrative government appointments, and the inexperienced youth hoped to be considered too.

But fast forward 100 days into the Kenya Kwanza government and things look more of the same. Retirees are still being appointed to government positions and the youth are all over again sidelined.

Just recently former Chief of Kenya Defense Forces Julius Karangi, former Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau and former Chief Justice David Maraga landed government appointments.

The question many are asking today is, until when will we see individuals that retire from one government job get appointed to another one? Is it that there are no more qualified Kenyans to hold such positions?

Kenyans expect the Kenya Kwanza government to do better than its predecessor. We need to see more new faces in government appointments – not the old story of recycling public servants.

We have many qualified, innovative and committed youthful Kenyans who wish to get the slightest opportunity to showcase their ability – let them be considered.

Some may argue that the youth lack experience in public service but what other way can they get the experience if not by giving them the opportunity?

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