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March 4th should be golden opportunity for youths

15 February 2013, 17:40 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

It is always with jubilation, ecstasy, ululations and hosannas, imminent euphoria and exaggerated enthusiasm awaiting you when you get out of Kenyan Universities, Campuses, Colleges and other learning institutions.

Apart from the much anticipated Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees, you always look forward to a lucrative job out there - perhaps a C.E.O in one of the lucrative companies, a bank manager, an I.C.T consultant for the leading I.T hubs in the city and so on.

One hardly accepts the fact that out there, millions of us youths are waylaid by a trap of an ever vague and empty tomorrow that promises a great deal of nothing!

The two, three, four, five or even six years you spent behind books and the lectures usually matter the least in the end.

With your papers, you are absolutely destined for great things in life - or so most of us usually think.

A good number of us inevitably step out with heartaches handed down generously by the very angels we met many years back who gradually turned into sophisticated, professional and seasoned heart-breakers.

We usually are armed with dozens of resolutions after realizing we were never smarter from the word go.

For those of us whose grades were pathetic, we always look forward to some god-fathers hidden in some unseen quarters with the hope that, with the slightest effort possible, we will have our say and our way alike.

True, the lucky few usually make it in the limelight and soon own luxurious bungalows, drive expensive limousines and perhaps get married to the sons and daughters of our over-paid M.Ps!

The stark reality however is that, honestly, a sizeable chunk of us end up one way or the other nowhere in particular!

After weeks of celebrations and bliss, we soon realize we are yet to complete the compulsory common course baptized ‘tarmacology’ by those who have been held in its cruel fangs for years on end.

Our new found lucrative job is unfortunately looking for that very job instead!

In every office, every organization, every ministry, we are bound to be turned down by some shrewd secretaries whose main existence is to oversee that  a massive wall made up of bureaucracy fabrics is never shaken, will never be penetrated, come rain come sunshine!

For the lucky few still, teaching local schools is the ultimate way forward.

We hardly turn down the ‘peanuts’ handed down by the B.O.G members who fancy engaging us in a not-so-kind cat and rat game.

To those whose homes are closer to the suburbs of major cities, matatu-touting is always the sole alternative available!

With an unemployment rate of over 40%, our nation is sadly overwhelmed with our ever increasing number of prospective job-hunters.  

We are at a crossroads - unsure and uncertain of what every subsequent day holds for our young lives.

Every hour, every minute, we remind ourselves the need of not despairing no matter what!

We hear and digest the promising future every single politician is offering on the table with loud silence and a heavy heart!

Now that the date with the aspirants is just around the corner, we need to make sure we are electing those very leaders whose manifestos have a tangible promise for us as youths.

We must scrutinize every party’s manifesto and question their authenticity, practicability, possibility and put every man and woman to task according to their previous records.

March 4th should be our golden chance as the Kenyan youths - this is our rare opportunity to turn the tables; a moment of setting the record straight once and for all by shunning our enormous love for self, tribe and ethnicity and embracing nationhood, love and peace for all and sundry.

We’ve been coldly treated by political con artists for too long a time and now are the moments to cast them into the political dustbin.

If in any case one of them will find time to read this sad tale of despair and hopelessness that their predecessors have time and again ruthlessly subjected us to, I would love to remind him or her that we have the numbers and come March 4th 2013, we will decide on our future!

We pray thee to honour thy solemn vows and put in place realistic mechanisms that will create jobs and offer numerous opportunities for  me, you and our other friends.

For now, we can only wait and keep hoping that something tangible will be done soonest about our plight!

More so, I honestly believe we all love this great country and that never again are we going to accept to be used by self-centered politicians to turn against each other.

I also know that we are much wiser now and that we all yearn for a better country that will serve as a platform for opportunities for each one of us, make us all realize our aspirations and dreams in live, and clothe and feed our future generations for many years to come.

Vote wisely and peacefully, wont you!

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