Serut tells youth to avoid chaos in 2017

‘We know some lead­ers have a habit of re­cruit­ing youths into mili­tia gangs’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - JOHN NALIANYA @jon­a­liash

Youths in Mt El­gon con­stituency have been told to keep away from politi­cians who may seek to re­cruit them as mili­tias.

Area MP John Serut said some politi­cians have the ten­dency of re­cruit­ing the youth and arm­ing them with weapons dur­ing elec­tion­eer­ing pe­ri­ods to in­tim­i­date cer­tain com­mu­ni­ties.

He spoke at Terem Sec­ondary School when he handed over a bus do­nated by the Na­tional Con­stituency Devel­op­ment Fund. He also pre­sented a Sh1 mil­lion cheque from the Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity Fund. Serut said res­i­dents do not want a repeat of the 2007 clashes. “We know some lead­ers from this area have a habit of re­cruit­ing youths into mili­tia gangs so they can in­tim­i­date some com­mu­ni­ties to vote for them. I’m urg­ing our youths to dis­tance them­selves from such politi­cians,” Serut said.

He urged res­i­dents to sup­port lead­ers who preach peace. “Mt El­gon is an area with three ma­jor tribes re­sid­ing here and we need a leader who can unite th­ese com­mu­ni­ties,” Serut said.

He said the area has not fully healed from what it went through dur­ing the 1992 and the 2007 tribal clashes. Serut urged se­cu­rity agen­cies to be alert against lead­ers who preach tribal pol­i­tics.

Serut said he is still weigh­ing his op­tions whether to con­test on the Ju­bilee Party ticket or not. “I’m still con­sult­ing with my peo­ple. What they tell me is what I will do. I can’t go against them,” he said. Serut said res­i­dents will sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto for re­elec­tion next year.

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