RAILA ODINGA

To meet youths in Kisii

The Star (Kenya) - - News - ANGWENYI GICHANA @agichana

The Cord leader will be at the Gusii Sta­dium for the #KIKAO045 youth fo­rum to­mor­row. In a video posted on­line, Raila says, “I hope to have a con­ver­sa­tion with the youth of Kisii, a fa­therly dis­cus­sion on is­sues af­fect­ing them, re­gional and na­tional is­sues.” Raila’s visit is seen as a bid to con­sol­i­date his sup­port base.

Cord leader Raila Odinga heads to Kisii to­mor­row to meet the youth. He will be at the Gusii Sta­dium for the #KIKAO045, which will be hosted by Gover­nor James Ong­wae.

Kikao is a fo­rum that seeks to en­gage the young peo­ple to find so­lu­tions to their prob­lems through men­tor­ship and train­ing. This will be the third edi­tion of the con­sul­ta­tive fo­rum, which first took place in Mombasa and Kakamega coun­ties.

Gov­er­nors Has­san Joho (Mombasa), Evans Kidero (Nairobi), John Nya­garama (Nyamira), Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Okoth Obado (Mig­ori) and Wy­cliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) are among county chiefs ex­pected to at­tend.

In a video posted on­line, Raila says, “I hope to have a con­ver­sa­tion with the youth of Kisii, a fa­therly dis­cus­sion on is­sues af­fect­ing them, re­gional and na­tional is­sues. Is­sues of im­por­tance to the Kenyan youth in gen­eral will be dis­cussed.”

“The con­ver­sa­tion will be en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. I ex­pect the youths to ask me ques­tions and I will also ask them ques­tions. It will be a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween me and you.”

A state­ment from Ong­wae’s of­fice says 3,000 youths from 45 wards have been in­vited. “Lo­cal and na­tional mo­ti­va­tion speak­ers are also ex­pected to talk to the youths,” he said.

Ong­wae said the fo­rum will seek to en­cour­age the youth to take an ac­tive role in the county de­vel­op­ment.

The event’s theme is ‘Em­pow­er­ing the Youth in De­vel­op­ment’. Raila’s visit is seen as a bid to con­sol­i­date his sup­port base.

His visit comes barely a week af­ter DP Wil­liam Ruto vis­ited the county.

/ ANGWENYI GICHANA

Cord leader Raila Odinga ad­dresses a rally in Keroka, Ki­tutu Masaba con­stituency, on June 26

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