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'We don't want pension-scheme committee'

06 May 2013, 13:02 Dareel Eric

County Representatives in Vihiga have asked the governor to include the youth in the list of those named in county executive committee and public service board or else they will refuse to give it an okay.

Speaking to the media, the area leaders said that the list showed a disparity which cannot be accepted because it will allow impunity to rule at the very onset of devolution.

“You cannot tell us that youths of either gender didn’t apply for the posts advertised,” said Abdalla Chogo, the representative for Central Maragoli ward.

He said that the list underestimates the youths in the region because it shows that there are no properly qualified youths to be entrusted with the county governance.

“If in the county assembly we have several youths, why does the governor not include even one youth in his steering committees?” he posed.

He added that some of the people in the list are retirees who left their jobs with undesirable track records and thus bringing them into a ‘dream team’ that is supposed to kick start development in the county was not realistic.  

“We wanted the governor to present us a list of technocrats not just any people found available. We are disappointed with his choices already,” said Chogo, the Chief Whip in Vihiga county assembly.

Majority of the leaders in the county assembly are allied to United Democratic Forum (UDF) party and they expressed their dissatisfaction with the list saying that the governor should be very considerate or else he will face rebellion from them.

The list that was presented by the governor has already been disputed by the youths who protested his choices saying that they have been totally sidelined and are worried of their fate.

The youth groups comprised students from various universities, polytechnics and colleges who said that instead of the governor choosing a dynamic team to uplift the county, he had chosen a pension scheme committee.

“Our newly elected leaders are now shying away from the literates and that is their first downfall. We wanted people who could easily interact with the youth,” said Felix Munyora, the group’s president.

Speaking to the press on Saturday, Vihiga Student’s Network that comprises over 2 500 students noted that there is no young person they can identify with in the governor’s line up.

“We are worried that may be the governor has just released a team that wants to continue enjoying their pension at home instead of a team of technocrats who can work effectively,” said Munyora.

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