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Youths embark on campaign against tribal leaders

22 November 2012, 15:49 Wesley Gachugu

Youths in Naivasha have expressed their concern over the high number of people fleeing from the town ahead of the elections.

The youths drawn from various parts of the vast constituency attributed this to the 2007-2008 violence that rocked the town.

They have however moved fast to assure residents that they will not be used to cause violence in the coming elections.

Following a meeting organized by AMWIK in a local hotel, the youths embarked on a major campaign to reject leaders advocating for tribalism.

According to the youth coordinator Peter Kiarie, youths had been used during the 2007/2008 PEV but they had learnt a lesson and are not ready to repeat the same mistake.

He admitted that the youths were the most affected by the violence,adding that they would lock out politicians preaching hate speech and divisive politics.

“We have embarked on a major campaign to convince our brothers and sisters that they should not travel up country to register as voters,”
he said.

The sentiments were echoed by Faith Ndanu who said that the PEV was an eye-opener and a big lesson to many youths in Naivasha.

“We are committed to be in the forefront of peace in Naivasha during and after the elections a,” she said.

On his part John Kihagi expressed his concern over the lack of identity cards among many youths in the town.

Kihagi who is vying for the Naivasha constituency seat on a TNA ticket said that many of the youths could miss out in the election.

“We ask those concerned in issuing identify cards to hasten the process so that the youths can register in time for the elections,” he said.

Kihagi called on the IEBC to extend the registration hours so that flower farm workers could get a chance to register for the exercise.

“Many of the flower farm workers leave their jobs after 6pm and there is fear of them missing out in this important exercise,” he said.

In the meeting that drew youths from the vast constituency, it emerged that some people were already fleeing the town for their rural home ahead of the elections.

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