Lamu,KENYA:Members of the marginalized Boni community in Lamu want the government to accord them special consideration during recruitment of soldiers and police officers.
Speaking in Lamu on Thursday following the recruitment process of Kenya defence personnel, the community said their youth are never considered when army recruitment exercises are conducted annually.
Led by spokesperson Doza Dizo, the members said the Boni community has continually been missing out on the recruitment owing to the fact that the exercise combines individuals from all over Lamu without giving them special consideration as a minority group.
“We are basically Kenya’s last forest community and that should tell you that we really know the forests here. How we wish our young men could be recruited in the army and even posted here in Lamu to help deal with this Al shabaab menace after all its said the militants hide in forests here.but they have been leaving us out each year and we feel it’s not fair.We need special consideration and treatment because we are a marginalized group,”said Dizo.
The elders said there was need for the government to pay more attention to marginalized communities in the country and ensure they benefit from opportunities such us army recruitment and other opportunities.
The recruitment process of army personnel is currently underway in many parts of the country.