Appointment of 91-year-old Moody Awori angers young Kenyans


Former Vice President of Kenya Moody Awori. Photo/COURTESY
Former Vice President of Kenya Moody Awori. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Mr. Awori and his new colleagues will be tasked with preparing and submitting quarterly reports as well as developing infrastructure and facilitating Team Kenya for their national assignment among other roles.
  • Kenyans on Twitter have, however, not taken the news in kind with most urging the former VP – who turned 91 on Wednesday - to turn down the appointment and proceed with retirement.
  • According to the netizens, there is a multitude of jobless Kenyan youth better suited to hold the position and who are more deserving of the chance.

Kenyans online have expressed their dismay, frustration and indignation at the news of the appointment of former Vice President Moody Awori among a seven-member oversight board to manage the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund.

According to a gazette report by Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Tuesday, Mr. Awori and his new colleagues will be tasked with preparing and submitting quarterly reports as well as developing infrastructure and facilitating Team Kenya for their national assignment among other roles.

Kenyans on Twitter have, however, not taken the news in kind with most urging the former VP – who turned 91 on Wednesday – to turn down the appointment and proceed with retirement.

According to the netizens, there is a multitude of jobless Kenyan youth better suited to hold the position and who are more deserving of the chance.

They further criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to deliver on his promise to the youth and, instead, recycling retired civil servants who have served in past governments and are now of old age.

A few of them even congratulated Mr. Awori for his appointment, albeit sarcastically, with one such user – @mistatash – saying he brings “tonnes of experience, relevance and vigor to serve 80% of the population composed of the youth.”

Below are some of the opinions from KOT:

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