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Atwoli wants President to appoint more senior citizens

01 May 2015, 17:35 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointing elderly people to head government parastatals.

Speaking during the Labour Day celebrations, Atwoli said he was impressed by the appointments, which he noted did not discriminate against senior citizens.

“I must thank you Mr President for the good work you did recently when you made appointments. Every one of us must get old and there is no need to for discrimination,” said Atwoli while looking at the president Uhuru Kenyatta who sat less than two metres away from him.

“In this meeting, we have people like Senator James Orengo, Moses Wetang'ula and others who the other day were referred to as young turks. But they are now old men. So if old people are appointed, it should not be an issue,” said Atwoli, who was cheered wildly by the crowd.

“It is the old people who badly need jobs. I looked at the head of state's list of appointees and smiled, knowing that he has come to the rescue of the elderly people of the society,” said Atwoli, who asked the President to appoint more old people to government whenever vacancies arise.

Last week, president Kenyatta appointed 302 parastatal board members, majority of whom are past retirement age.

The latest appointments have elicited mixed emotions from all over the country, with Kenyans questioning if the President really cares about the youth in the country, who he has on most occasions associated himself with.

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