, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – The Jubilee government has now opened up its doors to all the coalition members who are disgruntled by the manner in which the recent parastatal appointments were made.
Director of Political Affairs Joshua Kutuny said that the government would listen to all the dissatisfied members so as to resolve the arising differences and reduce tensions within the government.
He argued that the harsh criticism that had hit the government from various quarters would only hinder service delivery urging leaders to work together.
The recent parastatal appointments, which saw former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura make a comeback to the civil service, were not taken by open arms by all the members of the Jubilee coalition.
Some communities within the coalition said that the appointments were not sufficiently representative and they felt sidelined as a result.
“We have heard everything that you have said and I will come to look for you so that you can tell me what those issues are. And if your complaints are about appointing old people what will happen if we get youths tomorrow?” asked Kutuny.
He added that the government would not overlook any of the claims by a section of the leadership but would probe these concerns.
Kutuny at the same time assured the youth of employment opportunities saying they should not pay attention to baseless critics.
“When Isaac Ruto started complaining I went to look for him and I reminded him that a child does not start running on the same day it is born. Even when you are cooking ugali you have to give it time,” he explained.
The National Youth Council had taken issue with the appointments saying none of those selected was below the age of 35.
The Constitution defines a youth as an individual between the ages of 18 and 35.
“The Cabinet has no single youth, there’s no single youth holding Permanent Secretary position and now the parastatal heads are being appointed in total exclusion of the youth,” said Chairman Clement Ayungo.
Kutuny further urged leaders to embrace dialogue instead of arm-twisting the government noting that it was pulling back the development agenda.