A video of a National Youth Service Officer cleaning the shoes of Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has gone viral on social media eliciting mixed reactions.
In an event on Monday where outgoing public service, youth and gender CS Margret Kobia was handing over the NYS to CS Namwamba, an officer was captured wiping the shoes of CS Namwamba
The NYS has been joined with the ministry of sports.
The incident happened when CS Namwamba was being oriented at the NYS.
ICYMI: NYS recruit shines CS Ababu Namwamba's shoes during handover ceremony pic.twitter.com/BQ3sdlnaNN— Nation Africa (@NationAfrica) November 8, 2022
It is while taking a walk at the NYS premises that the officer was filmed crouching to wipe the shoes of the CS.
In the video, the CS is heard asking a senior NYS officer whether they accept a tip, an indicator that he wanted to reward the youth with a small token.
The senior officer however said they don't accept tips. During the conversation, the NYS officer was still wiping the CS's shoes.
Upon the completion, the CS shook hands with the NYS officer and held a brief conversation, seemingly to thank him.
The NYS officer then gave a salute and walked away as the CS continued with the walk alongside senior NYS officers.
The Video however has sparked a massive debate on social media.
Here are some of the reactions by Kenyans:
Ababu Namwamba stepping into the NYS as the boss he is ,This Hustler government of William Ruto and Riggy G will show us wonders , This is uncalled for even if it means you being the boss , Part of discipline..... my foot !! 🤣💥🔨 pic.twitter.com/kWbrd971Xu— Frank Mtetezi (ʙᴀꜰ)🗨️🇰🇪 (@FrankMtetezi) November 7, 2022
Kenyans on Twitter explain to me . Looks like days of colonialism … pic.twitter.com/vppCRY4J4p— Ann Kariuki (@awkariuki) November 8, 2022
Not really it's the culture of displine Forces to do this I don't know what it's means but I used to see it in kahawa where my father was working— Lodio Samwel (@samwel_lodio) November 8, 2022
The warden who hails from Budalang'i has decided to freely shine the shoes of his brother, from Budalang'i who is a CS.— Abdallah Abilla (@AbillaAbdallah) November 8, 2022
Shida iko wapi?
The service man was forced to do it so that it may look like discipline, n by the way waziri could have done something for the young— elijah masinde (@elijah_masinde) November 8, 2022