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Devolved Govt to promote youth politics

14 May 2012, 10:45 Anthony Muriuki

Youth in Meru County have been urged to welcome the devolved system of government as a stepping stone to ascend to national political leadership.

Speaking during a Meru County Youth Forum at Kamunde Hall in Meru Town yesterday, the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CDM) Programme Officer Mr. Frankline Mukwanja claimed youths had been long accused of inexperience, lack of money and political networks to participate in politics.

Mr. Mukwanja urged youth in the region to go for various political positions at the county level to build their future political careers.

The officer appealed to those who will be successful in the next general elections to use their 5 year term in office to form political networks for future national leadership.

 “Use the positions as a wagon to lobby for 2017 elections. The devolved government is a training ground for national positions as the county elective positions remain for the youth,” he said.

He however cautioned youths against tribalism and corruption saying they were the greatest vices hindering development of the country.

“Devolved government does not mean time for the locals to eat since allegations have been our leaders have eaten a lot at the national level. County government will be in control of a lot of money and if misused, our country will be even worse,” noted the officer.

He claimed the National Youth Council was cancelled because youth would have a lot of control in the country’s politics.

“The enemy is not a youth from another community but the old people around you playing bad politics. Forty years down the line our sons and daughters will stand on the same podiums with similar complaints against us if we don’t shift away from tribal politics,” he commented.

He said CDM has planned to visit all the 47 counties out of which 8 have been reached with the same message.

He further encouraged the young people pursue higher education together engaging in business to grab any career opportunities that will arise in the devolved government.

The function was attended by Meru Municipality Ward civic leader Councillor Rahim Dawood and various civic leadership hopefuls within the region.

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