Shun re­li­gious, tribal pol­i­tics, youth told

They should not fall into the trap of be­ing in­cited to cause vi­o­lence and chaos

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The youth should rise above party and tribal pol­i­tics and re­ject at­tempts to di­vide them along re­li­gious, party and ethnic lines, a youth leader has said.

Yus­suf Sadiq spoke yes­ter­day after be­ing elected youth pres­i­dent in Garissa county.

USED AND ABAN­DONED

He said politi­cians use the youth to cause blood­shed dur­ing elec­tions, then dump them.

“Don’t fall into the same trap this time,” Sadiq urged the youth.

“We want to guard against be­ing used by politi­cians to cause chaos and un­nec­es­sary blood­shed, as has been wit­nessed in the past. We also want to ap­peal to the youth coun­try­wide to come to­gether and speak with one voice and ad­vo­cate is­sue-based pol­i­tics.”

Sadiq said trib­al­ism is a “bad disease” that has no place in so­ci­ety.

“It’s a back­ward thing that should not be en­ter­tained,” he added.

VI­SION­ARY LEAD­ERS

The youth, who make up a huge vote bloc, should elect vi­sion­ary lead­ers who will trans­form their lives, Sadiq said.

Most youth in Garissa find it dif­fi­cult to ac­quire ID cards be­cause of the cum­ber­some vet­ting process, he said, as he ap­pealed to the po­lit­i­cal class to help push for less strin­gent mea­sures for get­ting an iden­tity card.

Sadiq urged politi­cians to preach peace dur­ing cam­paigns to defuse ethnic divi­sion.

TRIB­AL­ISM IS BACK­WARD AND SHOULD NOT BE AL­LOWED, YOUTH LEADER SAYS

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