Public Service Cabinet secretary Margaret Kobia has defended the appointment of old individuals to head State agencies saying they bring in the much-needed experience to move the entities forward. Kobia dismissed allegations that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been overlooking the youth while making government appointments, insisting that the Head of State was guided by the expertise and skills on offer as opposed to age. \u201cIf you appoint a 25-year-old to chair a board, they will feel inadequate because they lack experience. This is not a full-time job, it pays so little. They only sit quarterly; it is not about the old versus the young. It is about the skills you bring to the table at the time,\u201d she said during K24 TV\u2019s Punchline on Sunday. Gender bias Prof Kobia said the attacks on former Othaya MP Mary Wambui following her appointment to the National Employment Authority board were unwarranted and motivated by gender bias. \u201cI did not take it very kindly that Mary Wambui was being dragged into that kind of a conversation that she was not qualified. One, I saw gender issues there. If it was a man, nobody would have talked,\u201d she added. She said her ministry was not offended by Wambui being picked, adding that the hullabaloo about old people is both misplaced and malicious. \u201cThere are many men who have been given State jobs, older than Wambui, and nobody said anything,\u201d she added. Last week, the Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered the suspension of Wambui\u2019s appointment to NEA following a petition by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians, who contested her qualifications for the post. Justice Hellen Wasilwa directed that Wambui should not assume office until the petition is heard and determined.