Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, has led young legislators under Kenya Youth Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) to challenge DPP Noordin Haji to ensure that stolen public funds are recovered and ensure all corruption cases are prosecuted effectively to ensure maximum convictions.
He said massive corruption had deprived youths employment opportunities.
Sakaja also asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure youths get their share in state appointments
“The Constitution is clear that youth is someone between the age of 18 and 35 years. It is unfortunate that during governments appointments the youths are normally left out,” he said.
Sakaja spoke on Tuesday during a media briefing for the young parliamentarians in Nairobi.
The MPs further asked the government to take seriously the input of youths in the Building Bridges Initiative.
“Getting a job for the young people should not be dependent on someone’s personal relationship. The youths have a right to get jobs and this is not a favour but government’s obligation,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by nominated Senator Milicent Omanga who said the government should also get rid of positions that do not have value in order to ease the tax burden for Kenyans.
“The amount of money being channelled to those positions can instead go back to the government and help the youth and other sectors where the money can be put into good use,” she said.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro in his remarks said the fine for corruption should be moved to at least one million to discourage those with intentions to benefit from proceeds of corruption.
Nyoro said the jail term should also change to at least ten years of imprisonment.