Lead­ers should fo­cus on vot­ers’ needs, says Cha­nia

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Ki­ambu woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive aspi­rant Gla­dys Cha­nia (pic­tured) has said be­ing re­spon­sive to the peo­ple’s needs should be among the fac­tors con­sid­ered for one to get into lead­er­ship. She said know­ing what is hap­pen­ing across the county counts a lot in lead­er­ship. Cha­nia was speak­ing dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of 700 youths at the Zipped So­ci­ety Vo­ca­tional Train­ing School in Kiuu ward, Ruiru con­stituency, on Satur­day. “Let us reach out to the con­stituents be­cause they bet­ter un­der­stand their needs. No mat­ter how in­volved you are as an in­di­vid­ual, greater in­flu­ence and im­pact are gained when a large num­ber of your con­stituents speak with one voice,” Cha­nia said. The for­mer Ki­ambu TNA co­or­di­na­tor and coun­sel­lor said com­mu­ni­ties should pri­ori­tise their needs for lead­ers to im­ple­ment their projects and pro­grammes ef­fec­tively. “We need mas­sive trans­for­ma­tion and em­pow­er­ment for our peo­ple so they can fend for them­selves. We should bury hand­outs,” Cha­nia said. She said the train­ing school has helped youth who had dropped out of school and helped trans­form the com­mu­nity. “If a vo­ca­tional train­ing school started by an in­di­vid­ual can trans­form 700 youths in a ward, what can the Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund do? With the right pri­or­i­ties, our peo­ple can feel the services,” Cha­nia said. She said the com­mu­nity needs can be best ad­dressed through or­gan­ised grass­roots ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vant lead­er­ship.

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