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Embrace education, Minority communities urged

Gender and Equality Commission Chairperson Dr Joyce Mutinda has called on minority communities in the country to acquire education so that they can compete effectively in the job market.

The chairperson said as the government strives to ensure there is inclusivity in employment, the communities play their part by ensuring that they are qualified for any job that is advertised.

“For every opportunity advertised, there is corresponding academic requirement which must be met before one is employed, ensure you have them so that you are not left out,” she said.

She was speaking at the Elgeyo Marakwet governor’s office on her way to visit the Sengwer community living in Marakwet East who are part of those recognised as minority community by the government.

The Kiptani community living in Keiyo North is also calling on the government to recognise it as a minority group.

Dr Mutinda called on county governments to put in place policies that are geared towards the inclusion of the minority groups, marginalised and also the youth.

She praised the county for considering youth, women and the PWDs through the recent Youth and Gender Bill that was passed by the County Assembly.

Gender, Youth & ICT CEC Kiprono Chepkok said the department would ensure all youth are engaged going forward in decision making in matters of interest in the county.

County Secretary Paul Chemuttut said the Elgeyo Marakwet County assembly has approved Daniel Kimutai a youth as the Chairperson Youth, Women & Persons With Disabilities Revolving Fund.

“This is moving to the right step toward empowering our youth and persons with disabilities,” he said.

Present during the meeting also including gender officers drawn from both the National and County Government.

By Walter Kibet and Alice Wanjiru

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