The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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