The Nairobi Employment Court has rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nomination of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui to the National Employment Authority (NEA) board as its chairperson.
This follows a petition by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association to the court to declare Wambui unsuitable for the job.
In their application, the lawmakers argued that the former MP fails to meet the minimum education for the position.
The youthful lawmkers under Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja further faulted the President for giving youth a raw deal in leadership appointments.
“The two petitions against Mary Wambui appointment succeed and reliefs are granted as sought,” Justice Onesmus Makau ruled.
Nominated Jubilee Senator Millicent Omanga had likened Wambui’s appointment to a mockery of the many jobless young people.
Kenyans also expressed their disappointment, insisting that the former MP was “old and clueless” about the needs of Kenyan youth.
Wambui was barred from taking up the NEA office in October, 2019 by Justice Hellen Wasilwa.
Judge Wasilwa asked her to wait until her case was heard and determined.
In 2019, the President defended himself against criticism that he had ignored youth in appointments to various government jobs.
He accused them of poor management and being corrupt and unfit to lead.
The President said elderly people like the over 90-year-old former Vice-President Moody Awori were good custodians of public resources.