Ababu Namwamba offers NYS officer who cleaned his shoes a job

Dickson Loyerer, a NYS officer, was given a job offer by Ababu Namwamba, the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts, on Tuesday.

A day ago, a video of the NYS officer stooping to polish his shoes at a formal event went viral and drew outrage from Kenyans on social media.

After overseeing a tree-planting program at the NYS Headquarters in Nairobi, Loyerer was seen in the video wiping Namwamba’s dirty black leather shoes.

But Kenyans criticized the CS for what they termed as demeaning the young man as his NYS bosses urged him on and even telling Namwamba not to offer him any tip for the work.

He can be heard in the video asking NYS Director General Matilda Sakwa to be permitted to tip the officer for his kind gesture but the service boss stops him as he smiles sheepishly.


Namwamba said: “I hope, Madam Director General allows a tip,”

“No! No! We do not allow a tip. It is part of their discipline,” Sakwa responds amid laughter.



Coming to Tuesday, and Namwamba announced that he had met Loyerer at his NYS Headquarters office and made a request to NYS to allow the said officer join his team.


“Dickson Loyerer yesterday graciously volunteered to clean my muddy shoes after a tree planting session at @NYS_Ke HQ where he works. Today we shared a cup of tea in my office, where he gave me NYS tips on grooming, discipline and skills. I have requested Loyerer to join my staff,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

This has been widely seen as an attempt by the CS to save face following the backlash from the Kenyan public that followed the sharing of the video in which Loyerer is cleaning his shoes in what many have termed as distasteful.

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