The ongoing National Youth Service (NYS) recruitment exercise in Kiambu County and the country at large has once again brought to light the issue of discrimination against youths with tattoos.
Dozens of young individuals who were otherwise qualified for the program found themselves locked out simply because of body art they had acquired, often years ago.
The testimonies of those affected by this discriminatory practice reveal a common theme of regret and frustration. Many youths expressed remorse for not heeding their parents’ advice against getting tattoos.
People grow, learn, and evolve, and it’s unfair to condemn them for choices made in their formative years.
Moreover, the financial and emotional toll of removing tattoos should not be underestimated. As highlighted by Peterson Kamande and Joseph Murage, tattoo removal is not only costly but also painful.
It’s also worth noting that other factors, such as errors in national identity cards, contributed to the disqualification of many candidates. This highlights systemic issues within the recruitment process that need to be addressed to ensure fairness and transparency for all applicants.
Furthermore, the low turnout for the recruitment indicates a missed opportunity for the government to harness the potential of its youth population.
The directive by President William Ruto to prioritize NYS graduates for recruitment into various disciplined forces underscores the importance of programs like NYS in empowering young people and providing them with meaningful opportunities.
Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;
Lawyers threaten to boycott courts over Huduma plans
Lawyers have threatened to boycott the courts if the Judiciary insists on plans to roll out judicial services at Huduma Centres across the country.
Over 2,000 advocates at forum on Monday agreed to petition Chief Justice Martha Koome to stop the roll-out, even on pilot basis, until the concerns they have raised are addressed.
The Judiciary announced plans to use Huduma centres to offer judicial services including allowing litigants to file documents without visiting court registries.
Lawyers, however, expressed concerns that the service would be prone to abuse and masqueraders will have a field day.
Kalonzo-Wamalwa 2027 Ticket in Offing? Insider Names Region Azimio’s Running Mate Might Come From
Following former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka and DAP Kenya party leader Eugene Wamalwa’s recent rally in Kitengela, reports now claims they might be the next big duo in 2027 should the former prime minister Raila Odinga fail to run for presidency.
As relayed by a report covered on Wednesday’s Nation publication, the duo are allegedly receiving support from Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition’s insiders who are pushing for a running mate from Western region should Raila leave the mantle to former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka who leads Wiper party.
Former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya is as well being considered as a potential leader to deputise Kalonzo Musyoka with Wamalwa’s past record putting him at the frontline.
Desperate Moi grandchildren beg for money
As the family of former President Moi marked his fourth memorial at his Kabarak home on Sunday, there was little to betray the simmering disputes playing out in various courts over his multi-billion-shilling empire.
At the anniversary, the family, led by former Baringo Senator Gideon Moi put up a united front as they reminisced over the life and times of Kenya’s second and longest serving President.
But away from the public glare, lawyers were trooping to the courts to seek various orders relating to the late president’s vast wealth.