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President: Youth passes quickly, don't misuse it

11 September 2014, 23:12 Daisy Onkoba

Migori - President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the Kenyan youth not to be exploited by politicians to commit acts of lawlessness. 

Speaking during the national youth service recruits passing out parade at National Youth Service College, Kenyatta called on young Kenyans to dedicate themselves to service as their promise is intact and must never be corrupted or abused.

While citing the Migori incidence where young people disrupted a presidential function, Kenyatta said he was dismayed to witness the tragic spectacle of young men saying the organizers of this debacle were irresponsible and unpatriotic.

Also read: MP laughs off claims he paid youth to heckle Uhuru

“They had no vision to empower those young people, or to engage their constituency in meaningful development. In Migori, the promise of some of our youth was perverted,” he said.

Kenyatta said the incident must stand as a warning urging young people to insist on being engaged only in patriotic and productive work.

“My Government will stand with all those who choose that path. I want our young people to grow in a country without limitations or barriers, and to lead a region and continent without boundaries. Our young people's potential must not be limited by useless ethnic and regional restrictions. Anyone willing to serve will have their reward,” he added.

On the other hand, the head of state said young people are the nation's promise and hope saying when it comes time for youth to shoulder heavy duties, they should not be found wanting.

“Youth passes ever so quickly, yet it is a golden opportunity to prepare to be citizens of great impact. It is your time to realize your potential and achieve your dreams. Your youth must not be wasted. Build your ability. Develop your talent. Nurture your skills,” Kenyatta said. 

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