Since the ‘Kazi Kwa Vijana’ (Work for Youth) programme was launched in 2009, Kenyan youths continue to be adversely affected by unemployment.

The noble initiative was intended to give first priority to youths but the situation on the ground is much worse. This is best illustrated by the appointment of a 65-year-old to represent youths in the Nyeri cabinet.

Despite opposition from younger members of the Nyeri County Assembly, Sheila Githaiga has been nominated as CEC for Youths, Sports and Social Services. Her nomination was approved by the MCAs during a special sitting yesterday.

Among those who opposed Githaiga’s appointment was Konyu MCA Eric Mwangi who argued that a more youthful person would be better suited for the job.

But Chinga MCA Kiruga Thuku argued that many leaders, including former President Mwai Kibaki, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and US President Donald Trump ascended to power while over 60 years of age.

He said that Githaiga should be given a chance.

Gakawa MCA Amos Kanyai said Githaiga has a lot of exposure and will bring change to the county.

Mwigoyo MCA Michael Karumba said the cabinet should have young and old people as the mixture “can be a wonderful combination”.