Wajir youth group seeks more say in general election
Youth in Wajir county are organising themselves to ensure they are adequately represented after next year’s general election. “We want to shed the perception that we settle for handouts and are averse to issue-based politics,” Farah Bule, interim secretary general of the Township Youth Forum, said.
“The majority of young men and women in Township ward lack qualifications, such as post-secondary education, when most jobs require these skills.” He addressed the press in Wajir town on Sunday. Farah said if leaders had distributed the Sh6 billion Uwezo Fund fairly, drug abuse would not be a problem among youth in Wajir town.
The group has elected an interim committee made up of professionals, elders and religious leaders. The committee will spearhead a door-todoor campaign to encourage high voter turnout and teach the community about the role of civic leaders, Farah said.
He said the group will settle for nothing less than a ward rep position. “If any prospective leader approaches us, that is what we will bargain for.”
A pastoralist from Banane, Lagdera constitituency, with his animals on Saturday. The region has not received rain for three months