NYS a government ploy to cause violence, says ODM
23 June 2015, 19:16
Nairobi - The National Youth Service is a government machine used to perpetrate violence, Orange Democratic Movement ODM chairman John Mbadi has said.
The party was reacting to the violence that has rocked the Kibra area in the aftermath of calls by ODM and CORD leader Raila Odinga asking Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru to resign from office over corruption allegations.
According to Mbadi, the actions of NYS youth who are now demonstrating all over the country, are that of a rogue force created to cause havoc in the country.
He insists that the NYS must be checked to reduce the harm it potentially can cause in the country.
Full ODM statement on NYS protests, Kibra violence
The demonstration yesterday in the streets of Nairobi by a group of
hired Kenyans donning NYS t-shirts clearly confirmed our worst fears
that the so called ‘rebranded NYS’ is not the NYS that was started in
the 1960’s to provide services to the society but a militia aimed at
causing tension and anxiety in the country.
The demonstration by
the members of the supposed to be a disciplined force left a lot to be
desired. That was just the tip of the iceberg. It proved to the doubting
Thomases that the billions of shillings allocated to the Devolution and
Planning Ministry are spent on empowering the so-called NYS youths for
reasons only known to Jubilee government.
Yesterday we saw it
with our own eyes. We have asked and we demand again, for a full audit
of NYS and Devolution Ministry's expenditure (including confidential
budgets), curriculum, ethnic and gender composition and all contracts
entered into by the organization.
The Auditor General must
unravel the hidden expenditures, behind the scenes dealings that include
the importation of sugar and rice through the free port of Kismayu
whose deliveries to the NYS headquarters are done at night or on
weekends. No wonder the refusal by Jubilee administration to withdraw
our KDF troupes from Somalia. We are fully aware that the ethnic and
gender composition of the recruitment to the NYS is skewed at favouring a
particular ethnic group with the intent of propagating violence in the
run-up, during and after the 2017 general election. We are watching
It is becoming clear to Kenyans that the so-called
'new-look' NYS, as we have been warned, is a political youth militia in
the making. East and Central Africa has a horrific history with these
kinds of groups. History teaches us that when governments train
political paramilitary youth militias, it is a precursor to violence on a
scale that we should view with trepidation and resist with the greatest
Yesterday, residents of the City of Nairobi
witnessed a harbinger of a future we have foretold when a rowdy group of
NYS youth rampaged through sections of the city blocking traffic,
damaging vehicles and intimidating pedestrians whose physical features
were perceived to indicate that they hailed from an ethnic group other
than that of the President.
As leaders, we strongly defend the
right of Kenyans to demonstrate as this is their constitutional right.
However, we condemn ALL acts of political hooliganism REGARDLESS of
which party they claim to support including OURS.
we take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest possible terms -
the mobilization of youth paid by taxpayers and dressed in NYS t-shirts
who engaged in violent political activity in Nairobi yesterday. Their
actions proved that the original NYS motto of ‘Vijana wa Huduma kwa
Taifa’ has been deliberately changed by the Jubilee government to
‘Vijana wa Fujo kwa Taifa’.
The Cabinet Secretary for Devolution
claims not to be partisan, but yesterday we saw the truth behind the
rhetoric crafted for her by overpaid so-called consultants.
Opposition have been on record warning Kenyans about the potentially
nefarious partisan political agenda being planned for the new-look NYS.
As Hon. Odinga said in his statement last Saturday - the government has
become the primary driver of insecurity in Kenya. Going by what we saw
yesterday, this is merely the beginning."
In the meantime, we appeal
to residents of Kibera to continue living in harmony as they have over
the years. The youth in Kibera must not allow themselves to be used to
cover up for Jubilee's theft that now permeates virtually every
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