(+) TWO PREVIOUS FORUMS HELD IN MOMBASA, KAKAMEGA
In May, 5,000 youths attended the first Kikao forum at the Wild Waters Resort, Mombasa. The second forum was on June 18 at the Masinde Muliro University, where 4,000 youths attended. The first caucus in Mombasa was hosted by Governor Hassan Joho and presided over by Raila. Joho issued more than Sh100 million worth of bursaries to students. ODM insiders say the forums are meant to create an opportunity for the Cord leader to reconnect with the youth ahead of the 2017 polls. Raila’s think tanks believe many young Kenyans, especially those born in the 1990s and after, are not familiar with his leftist ideology and his Second Liberation struggle credentials that have seen him remain at the apex of Kenyan politics for over a decade-and-a-half. During the Kakamega event, Raila urged the youth to interact with him on social media platforms. “The youth are a valuable resource if empowered, but can also be a curse to the nation if abandoned, since this will turn them into bad citizens,” Raila said in Kakamega. He accused Jubilee of reneging on devolving the youth affairs function, so that it can steal billions of shillings earmarked for youth programmes.