Wa­jir youth group seeks more say in gen­eral elec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.”

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

A pas­toral­ist from Banane, Lagdera con­sti­tituency, with his an­i­mals on Satur­day. The re­gion has not re­ceived rain for three months

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