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Youth urged to avoid crime

06 June 2012, 12:32 Anthony Muriuki

Leaders in Meru County have urged the youths to shun illicit brews and drug abuse among other crimes and  instead form organized youth groups in order to fully benefit  from the County government Funds.

Addressing more than 300 youths and villagers at Murugwa village in Nkoune location a North Imenti parliamentary Aspirant Paul Murunga regretted that many young people are still jobless despite having the right education and qualifications a move that has contributed greatly to many resulting to crimes to ake a living.

Speaking yesterday when he was being endorsed by his clan mate to go for the seat Murunga called upon the government and other stakeholders to find an amicable solution to the youth problems to ensure they don't engage in criminal activities.

He said the youths who form the majority in the Kenyan population are not the problem to the country but they can be transformed into better future Kenyans by the County government by allocating funds to support them through income generating projects.

The aspirant also cautioned other politicians against manipulating and hiring youths to cause chaos during this campaign period just for their own political interest.

“We have witnessed youths being used by politicians to cause mayhem and most of them lose their lives on the line. So time has come for all politicians across the country to carry out proper campaigns without dishing money to the youths to fight their opponents,” said Murunga.

He also called upon the youth to elect capable, visionary, credible and corrupt free leaders who will have the interests of the youth at heart.

He advised them to shun handouts and those out to influence them by buying drugs and illicit brews to them instead of motivating them towards the right direction of life.

"The youths have the majority of votes and they can change the leadership of the Meru County and the entire country as a whole if they vote wisely in the next general elections,” said Murunga.

He urged them to register for identity and voters cards in order to be able to vote for the person of their choice during the next elections.

Murunga  said he will establish a data base for every individual in the constituency to monitor their progress  and create employment opportunities for the youth by establishing Agro based industries in Meru Town and other key markets within the district if he unseat the incumbent MP Silas Muriuki.

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