Women MP express displeasure on KFS recruitment

Elgeyo Maraket women MP Dr. Susan Chebet has expressed displeasure on the move by Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to recruit (KFS) rangers at a central point arguing that it will not offer equal opportunity to all interested youth.

Dr. Chebet said that the strategy by (KFS) will lock out those candidates who come from poor families who cannot afford to travel to Gilgil for the recruitment exercise let alone meeting other requirements for the exercise.

“Imagine an interested and qualified youth coming from a village tucked away in Embobut in the far end of Elgeyo Marakwet county without fare to travel to Gilgil,” posed Dr. Chebet arguing that the choice of the recruitment center was not well thought.

She called on the (KFS) director to go back to the drawing board and consider recruiting their rangers from different sub counties across the country to ensure fairness and regional balance observing that activities have been devolved.

She said it will be unfortunate for the youth especially those coming from counties with major forest covers to miss the recruitment exercise just because they cannot access the recruitment venue. Dr. Chebet was speaking at Kipsaiya dispensary Friday in Marakwet East.

The women MP donated a fridge worth shs 0.5 million which is among eight fridges of the same amount that her office will donate to other dispensaries across the county for storage of medicine and other hospital reagents that need refrigeration. The county government also donated a delivery bed worth shs 300,000 to the dispensary.

Concerning the resurgence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Kerio valley that saw enormous number of girls and women circumcised last year she said, she will be working with the concerned authorities to ensure that the backward tradition was eliminated for good.

By Anne Cheruiyot