About 60 youths including 16 ladies on Tuesday turned up for the Busia County Enforcement Constables recruitment exercise at the Busia County Stadium.
County Public Service Board Chairperson Assumpta Obore said over 400 youths were shortlisted for the exercise noting that the low turnout could have been attributed to time constraints.
“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.
Ms Obore said despite the names of those shortlisted appearing on the County Government’s official website for over three weeks, some applicants failed to meet certain requirements, especially Chapter 6 of the Kenyan Constitution.
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.
National Youth Service trained plant operator Justus Okwara, 25, from Busibwabo Ward shrugged off stiff opposition to emerge winner of the men’s race; Emanuel Oduor took second position with Afande Barasa.
The trio lauded the manner in which the exercise was conducted, describing it as free and fair, exuding confidence that they will be among the 59 constables after the Monday aptitude test.
A former Murende High School student Justin Egesa beat other contestant to win the women’s race; she was followed in second place by Jennifer Okosida.
Egesa said it was a pleasant surprise she emerged top considering that she had not trained to expectation; her opponent Okosida said she expected position one but things failed to materialize.
Height proved a nightmare for eight ladies who had passed all tests but failed to meet the height requirement of 5 feet 2 inches.
Betty Atieno said she met all requirements save for the height which ended her dreams. “ Most ladies are short thus our request for next recruitments to be adjusted to 4 feet 8 inches instead of 5.2,” she said.