Mary Wambui Breaks Silence After Public Outcry Over Job Appointment

  • Former Othaya MP Mary Wambui spoke out on Tuesday, October 15, over her recent appointment as chair of the National Employment Authority (NEA). 

    Wambui was appointed to head the parastatal on October 14, by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani.

    The former parliamentarian defended her appointment and added that she was the most qualified candidate and that is why she was appointed.

    Senator Millicent Omanga disagreed with the appointment of Mary Wambui.

    "I got the post because I am better than those complaining. I have the qualifications and the experience to run the office," Wambui argued when contacted by Nairobi News.

    Wambui's recent appointment received a lot of backlash from Kenyans who blamed President Uhuru Kenyatta for overlooking the youth when assigning state jobs.

    Through the #DearUhuruKenyatta hashtag, Kenyans told the president that they were not happy with how the president was running his government.

    Muhammad Onyango tweeted, "Mary Wambui cannot even construct a simple sentence in English but has been made the chairperson of the Employment Authority of Kenya...How will she chair the board meetings?"

    Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga disagreed with the appointment of Wambui through her social media pages. The senator accused Wambui of lacking the capability to run the office she was appointed to.

    "You can't convince me that someone who is intellectually ungifted and has limited knowledge on the intricate challenges unemployed graduates are grappling with, will be in a position to craft strategies and policy formulations to help eradicate unemployment in this country," Omanga posted.

    The former MP is expected to serve in the capacity of chairperson for a duration of three years after taking over office from Winnie Pertet.

    Former President Mwai Kibaki and National Employment Authority chair Mary Wambui. Wambui took over the leadership of Othaya constituency from Mwai Kibaki.