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Jubilee youth leaders decry exclusion from merger committee

23 November 2015, 12:51 Arap Yego

Nairobi - United Republican Party (URP) and The National Alliance (TNA) youth leaders have decried their exclusion from a steering committee tasked with handling the planned merger between the two outfits and other Jubilee affiliated parties.

URP Youth Congress President Gideon, Keter and his TNA counterpart Daudi Gitare said young people from the two major parties feel left out as they have no representation in the crucial 30-member steering committee that is spearheading the planned dissolution.

Speaking to News24 after a three day capacity building workshop at a Nairobi Hotel Sunday that brought together youth league members from both parties, the two leaders said young people must be co-opted in the committee.

"We are demanding for an inclusion of party youth leaders in the steering committee tasked with handling the dissolution of jubilee affiliated parties and the merger. The voice and input of young people is missing," said Keter.

The Jubilee Alliance Party National Steering Committee formed last month is co-chaired by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi and former Cabinet Minister Noah Wekesa.

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The body has sub-committees namely Political Affairs, Legal Affairs and Communications that are chaired by Kericho Senator Charles Keter, TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo and Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua, respectively.

URP Chairman Bare Shill and Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka will co-chair the Research and Strategy Committee while Embu Senator Leny Kivuti will head the Finance and Administration committee alongside other five members for each team.

"The Jubilee administration received overwhelming support from many young people because they gave pledges during the campaign period that favoured the youth. The fact that the two top leaders were relatively youthful also earned them support from the youth. Our input is crucial in the merger that is supposed to take place next month," said Keter, who is also President of the Youth Senate.

Gitare echoed his sentiments, noting that the youth leagues play a critical role in popularizing parties and their leadership should not be taken for granted.

"The youth wings of not only TNA and URP but other affiliated parties GNU, RPK, UDF and New Ford-Kenya and others should be represented in the committee in charge of formulating a roadmap for the dissolution and eventual merger of the parties," he said.

During the meeting, it was resolved that youth league leaders from both parties will be conducting their activities together. They also agreed that they will jointly embark on serious national recruitment drive.

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