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Stop rewarding political losers with state jobs, COTU deputy SG tells Uhuru

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COTU has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop rewarding political losers with government positions.

Deputy secretary general Benson Okwaro says most of the president’s nominees to Cabinet and ambassadorial positions are persons who lost in the last general election.

Okwaro, in an interview, held that ambassadorial positions should be given on merit and to persons who qualify to be diplomats.

“Why are we rewarding losers with these sensitive positions? We have qualified Kenyans for such posts. An ambassador should be a diplomat, not a politician,” he said.

On January 26, President Uhuru announced his full Cabinet and nominated most of his allies who lost in the last general elections.

Key among them are former Nairobi woman rep Rachel Shebesh, former Turkana Senator John Munyes and former Tana River governor Hussein Dado.

Others are Ababu Namwamba, Ukur Yattani and Peter Munya.

Okwaro said workers are discouraged by the move by the executive to reward politicians.

“The precedence the president is setting is very wrong. We need to get the right people for the right job,” he said.

On the ongoing crackdown on NASA leaders, Okwaro asked President Uhuru and NASA’s Raila Odinga to soften their hard stance and embrace dialogue to end the prevailing political stalemate.

“This county will break if the leaders can’t sit down and talk. We as Cotu are ready to mediate between the two coalitions. These illegal arrests and harassment must stop,’ he said.