Split Waiguru's ministry, President Kenyatta told
05 November 2015, 09:46
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to create an independent ministry that will be in charge of issues affecting young people.
Gideon Keter, the President of the Youth Senate said having Youth Affairs under the of Ministry of Devolution and Planning, which has of late has been riddled by corruption has led to isolation of the important group.
Speaking to News24 Thursday, Keter said the Head State must hive-off Youth Affairs from the Devolution Ministry as a way of implementing the Jubilee Government manifesto which prioritized young people.
"The Jubilee administration received overwhelming support from many young people because they gave pledges during the campaign period that favoured the youth. The fact that the two top leaders were relatively youthful also earned them support from the youth. We are asking them to create a ministry of Youth Affairs," he said.
Keter who is also the United Republican Party (URP) National youth congress leader explained that the current ministry has been unable to come up with sufficient policies that will address the plight of young people.
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"Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Waiguru has a lot to do in her docket already. The Youth Affairs function should be taken away from her ministry. Young Kenyan people are frustrated and President Kenyatta should come to their aid by creating a Ministry for them," he appealed.
Keter further noted that matters to do with youth affairs at the Ministry have been pushed to the back-burner by the rampant corruption scandals that have in the recent past rocked the Devolution docket.
"The only solution is to have a special independent ministry for young people in the Jubilee government to address their issues, like it was in the last government," he said.
President Kenyatta after taking the reins in 2013 reduced the number of ministries from 44 to 18, fulfilling his pledge of creating a leaner and efficient administration. Ministries such as Youth Affairs and Sports were split up and merged, while others were retained as distinct dockets.
Youth Affairs was taken away from the docket to create the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture. The function was merged with Ministry of Devolution and Planning, which also falls under the Office of the President.
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