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Next Cabinet must be inclusive and reflect the face of Kenya

As we wind up the electoral period, I can’t help but wonder what the next Cabinet will look like in terms of inclusivity and service delivery.

Our current Cabinet has had its fair share of highs and lows but we must admit that service delivery has improved compared to how it was in the past, when officials promised a lot but greatly underperformed, almost on a yearly basis.

Despite this, I don’t think it’s time to celebrate yet. However, more work on the inclusivity and performance of the Cabinet needs to be done if we seek to achieve our goals—such as the Vision 2030 development blueprint.

On the gender front, we have made huge steps in achieving equality, albeit slowly. The composition of the current Cabinet is a major step towards achieving this but I hope the next one will be even more inclusive and have more women.

I believe the achievement of gender equality in top government positions will have a trickle-down effect on other sectors of the economy. We must make bold steps to achieve not only a gender-inclusive workforce in the government but also in the society.

OBSTACLE

A bigger obstacle, however, lies in the appointment of the disabled to Cabinet. One question that is key to helping us to conquer this is, are these positions so demanding that it becomes impossible to appoint a disabled person? I hope not.

We should give our disabled brothers and sisters a chance to work for the Kenyan people.

Disqualification on the basis of disability is both wrong and offensive to the applicants for these posts and also a big shame on the recruiting department. If the government cannot appoint the disabled to all of its sectors, then it negates its efforts in fighting discrimination.

I hope the next Cabinet will offer a chance to all the disabled who are qualified to work for the public.

The youth form a large part of the population and they, too, should be considered for Cabinet posts. We are blessed to have a vibrant youth that is highly literate but whose talent is largely untapped. This should not be the case when forming the next Cabinet.

CABINET SECRETARIES

I believe our Cabinet secretaries should a mixture of the young and old. The youth need not be discredited as being naïve and young but rather moulded and mentored to be better if we are to achieve the best for now and the future.

Tribalism and cronyism continue to undermine Cabinet appointments since Independence.

We cannot deny the fact that we have well-educated men and women who are sometimes overlooked just because of their tribe.

We should seek to engage these people in all positions.

The selection panels must strive to achieve an inclusive Cabinet devoid of cronyism.

This will go a long way in achieving cohesion and integration and also improve service delivery.

I hope we can achieve all these as we seek a representative and robust Cabinet for all of us.

KIMUTAI ALLAN, Kericho.

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