President William Ruto has issued a directive to the National Police Service and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), emphasizing the prioritization of officers from the National Youth Service (NYS) in their upcoming recruitment exercises.
During his inaugural State of the Nation address in Parliament, the President urged both entities to ensure that 80 percent of their future recruits come from NYS.
In his address, President Ruto highlighted that the NYS had expanded its recruitment efforts, aiming to enlist 40,000 youths, up from the previous 20,000, in a bid to generate more employment opportunities.
The head of state emphasized the necessity for other security agencies to adjust their structures accordingly.
”To consolidate this proposition, we have directed that 80 per cent of future recruits to all our national security services will be from among the well-trained, talented, and committed young men and women who have undergone training at NYS.” stated the President.
Ruto expressed his commitment to ensuring that the composition of the service reflects a diverse national outlook.
He also announced plans to double the enrollment in the NYS to 40,000 starting from the following year. He underscored the importance of every village, center, town, and city in Kenya being adequately represented in the recruitment process.
Ruto also provided an update on the development initiatives and future plans under the Kenya Kwanza regime, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to preventing security agencies from being exploited for extrajudicial activities.
”In discharging this commitment, we have been mindful not to use security imperatives to commit impunity, including misuse of resources and extrajudicial infringements on freedoms and fundamental human rights of citizens,” He stated.
Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria welcomed the President’s directive, noting that it would contribute to cost savings in the training of security forces.
He reassured that the NYS possesses the capacity to effectively accommodate and train the increased number of recruits.
“I’m delighted by the announcement, especially regarding the NYS, which falls under my ministry. The directive that 80% of aspiring security force members must come through the NYS is a positive development, and we are prepared to provide the necessary training,” stated CS Kuria.