Just about 60 youths, out of the 400+ shortlisted turned up on Tuesday for the Busia County Enforcement Constables recruitment exercise at the Busia County Stadium. Most of these were male candidates with only 16 ladies showing up.
During her address after the exercise, the County Public Service Board Chairperson Assumpta Obore noted that over 400 youths were shortlisted for the exercise, attributing the low turn up reported to possible time constraints for the rest
“The exercise is being done in each of the seven sub counties with those to be selected after the last interview in Bunyala on Friday converging at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre next Monday for aptitude test,” she said, noting that some of the candidates shortlisted on the county government’s official website did not meet the key requirements , especially the critical Chapter Six of the constitution of Kenya.
A total of 23 men and 8 women were selected to represent Matayos Sub County after the exercise that included document verification, height, eyesight, dental formula, blood pressure and eight lap races for men and five for women.
Among those selected is the National Youth Service trained plant operator Justus Okwara, 25, from Busibwabo Ward who shrugged off stiff opposition to emerge the winner of the men’s race, with Emanuel Oduor taking the second position alongside Afande Barasa.
The three top candidates selected lauded the manner in which the exercise was conducted, describing it as free and fair, exhibiting further confidence that they will be among the 59 constables after the aptitude test scheduled for Monday next week.
A former Murende High School student, Justin Egesa beat the rest of female contestants to emerge the winner in the women’s race; she was followed in second place by Jennifer Okosida.
Miss Egesa said it was a pleasant surprise she emerged top considering that she had not trained to her expectations. Her close competitor Miss Okosida said she expected to be position one, but was well happy to grab the second slot.
Height proved a nightmare for eight ladies who had passed all tests but failed to meet the height requirement of 5 feet 2 inches. One Betty Atieno said she met all requirements save for the height which ended her dreams.
“ Most ladies are short thus our request for next recruitment to be adjusted to 4 feet 8 inches instead of 5.2,” she said.
The final recruitment exercise is scheduled for this Friday at Funyula, with an aptitude test scheduled for Monday next week for all stage one qualifiers.