Mixed reactions after NYS officer wipes Ababu Namwamba’s shoes
Kenyans on Twitter have expressed mixed reactions after a video emerged of a National Youth Service (NYS) officer wiping the shoes of the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts Ababu Namwamba.
In the viral video, the CS, who was dressed in a pin-stripped suit, is seen having his shoes being wiped by the young man.
The incident happened, when the CS was making his address during the handover of NYS back to the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts from the Ministry of Public Service.
“And I hope madam Director General (DG) allows a tip,” Namwamba said as he enjoyed having his shoes wiped.
“No! No! No! We do not allow tips. It is part of the discipline,” NYS DG Sakwa responds to Namwamba.
After having his shoes wiped clean, Mr Namwamba then shakes hands and exchanges pleasantries with the officer.
In Twitter, the video has drawn varied reactions. Here are a few:
Surely,is this right??? Isnt this abuse of power!!
— Isaack Izoke (@izoke) November 8, 2022
Wakoloni hawakuenda Ila rangi ya ngozi ndo ilibadilika tu
— Mwatela🇨🇩🇳🇿🇯🇵 (@mwatelanyatta) November 8, 2022
The nonsense that is @AbabuNamwamba
— Benard Lelo (@Leloandpublike) November 8, 2022
The kind of nonsense some politicians want.
— Paul Ouma (@PauloJakorumba) November 8, 2022
This is beyond disgusting https://t.co/AJbrJoalHL
— AnabDini (@Anababdi16) November 8, 2022
We wil talk about the return of slavery too https://t.co/9WRjtG3U4m
— Kenya Kwisha (@Lloyd45478399) November 8, 2022
This is low self esteem. https://t.co/miG7Ey3Req
— MBÙÇA (@mbuguambuca) November 8, 2022
How fast did we get here? https://t.co/hJ0NiiAeYu
— daniel (@dan_mwaush) November 8, 2022
Lol, I'll never do this to my fellow country man because of being a leader. https://t.co/7Kz4RxgIwk
— I'm from the streets ➐ (@_ahamedOfficial) November 8, 2022
Mr Namwamba, speaking on Monday at the NYS headquarters in Nairobi, committed to ensuring 20,000 youth are enlisted into the programme annually. NYS service was officially transferred to the ministry with Namwamba saying that he envisions a transformed NYS that will be an enabler and driver of the government manifesto and other development agendas.
“I endeavour to support the Service to attain the targeted youth intake of 20,000 annually, to upscale national service functions with particular emphasis on climate-smart agriculture and value addition for increased food production, propagation of tree seedlings and tree planting,” he said.
Additionally, the CS called for the introduction and strengthening of progressive policy, legal and institutional reforms that would guarantee greater efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the management of the NYS.
He stressed the need to uphold the guiding principles of professionalism and discipline in all undertakings of the Service.
“These values constitute a unique blend of selling points that continue to define NYS as a premier organization in training youth and providing service to the nation,” he explained.