Governor John Nyagarama has come into the defense of Sports and Gender minister Johnston Obike, whose deployment caused criticism from among the youths.

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Youth leader Beavon Magare on last week accused the governor of taking young people for granted, threatening possible protests should the governor stand with his pick.

"It is pretty unfair for the governor to award an old man a docket that is rightfully meant for youths. He gas few days to rectify that or we pour to the streets and deal with him," he said.

Mr Obike, a former County Secretary in Kisii, contested for North Mugirango MP seat but lost to Joash Nyamoko. He was at first appointed minister for Public Administration before being reshuffled.

But on Sunday, Nyagarama said his pick was the best, arguing that Mr Obike has all the qualifications to revamp the youth department that has been lagging behind.

"There is nothing wrong with the appointment. He is experienced enough and I am sure he will excel in the docket. Youths should work closely with him," he said.

Of the nine ministers in Nyagarama's cabinet, the youngest is the roads department boss John Omanwa, who is currently 45 years old. In the last government, Nyagarama had Jones Omwenga, who was appointed at 33.

In the neighbouring Kisii County, Governor James Ongwae had appointed one Duke Mainga, a 27-year-old to head the youth docket. He was however I suspended last week for misconduct.