As political parties accelerate in crafting coalitions to secure positions in government after the 2022 general election, the youthful population can leverage on engagement forums to create a political constituency of their own.
Assessments show that if well-organized, the youth can change the political landscape in any society. It is the lack of this organization that has seen a number of young people already in elective and appointed positions vulnerable to politics of survival and patronage.
With the 2022 elections barely 6 months away and campaigns already underway, the place and role of the youth in shaping the outcome is very critical.
Population statistics indicate that this youthful bracket composed of Kenyans aged between 15 and 34 years form about 36 per cent of the total population.
Of major concern is that out of the 14 million registered party members in Kenya, a paltry 27 per cent constitute the youth.
It is for this and other related reasons that the North Imenti Youths Association, a gathering of youths focused on mobilizing, mentoring and supporting young people in leadership, has organized a consultative forum early next month.
The meeting will be held on 5th March at the Municipality Youths Resource Center, and will bring together several youths from North Imenti Constituency.
Key among the agenda of the meeting is enlightening the youths on active participation in political processes.
According to the Association Chairperson Newton Mwirigi, the forum will initiate a major conversation among the youth on the way forward as the August 9 elections fast approach.
“All Meru leaders are invited to join the youths as they chat the way forward about the upcoming elections as well as youth empowerment programs offered at constituency and county levels,” says Mr. Mwirigi.
“Youths are the backbone of the Society. Every Society that wishes to be progressive should ensure Youth affairs are factored in the planning of every progressive agenda.” he adds.
The youth leader has however cautioned political leaders and aspirants against turning the forum into a platform for divisive politics.
“Leaders purposing to attend should be precautioned not to talk politics of division because we Youths are one and we respect all leaders,” says Mr. Mwirigi.
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