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Are Our Leaders Obsessed With the Old? Governor Mandago to Buy Elders Uniforms Worth 10Million

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It was only other day that President Uhuru Kenyatta insulted the Kenyan youth to their face by appointing 91 year old Former Vice President Moody Awori together with Lieutenant General (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei the board of the Sports ,Arts and Social Development Fund. As if that is not enough when Kenyans sought to understand why and demand an answer from the president in regards to these appointments as there were throngs of young able Kenyans who would have been given the opportunity and perhaps do a better job, the president  called the Kenyan Youth “thieves’’. Yet it is a well-known fact that Kenya has been brought down to its knees financially due to one scandal after another amounting to billions of tax payer money by oligarchs.

Taking a cue from the President, the County of Uasin Gishu has allocated Ksh.10 million to buy village elders uniform in a bid to make them more visible. Devolution and Administration acting Chief Officer Wilson Sawe stated that, “The uniform is a symbol of authority and a form of identification. Our elders have continued to play a pivotal role in our societies,”

It begs the question why the County of Uasin Gishu would spend so much money on uniforms as a symbol of gerontocracy authority in this day and age where leadership is about service,democratics space and diversity of leadership from young and old ,not imposition of village elders on the people. Who chooses these village elders? Could the money have been used to boost sports in the county or spear head a youth campaign in line with needs of the youths of Uasin Gishu?

Josphat Lowoi,County Assembly Majority leader defended the cost of the uniforms stating that it was within the County budget line.

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