Youth facing serious tests in their bid to join politics
03 March 2016, 09:44
Narok - As the senatorial by-election campaigns in Kericho County enters homestretch this weekend, the fate of a Jubilee candidate, 29-year-old Aaron Cheruiyot lies in the hands of Kericho people.
The young political aspirant is battling out with the Kenya African National Union (KANU) candidate, veteran politician Paul Sang who is also supported by the Jubilee and URP rebels brigade led by Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto and Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter.
As the DP William Ruto prepares to tour the region on Saturday and the President also expected to drum up support for the Jubilee candidate, many of the Kericho voters test to vote in a young person out of the odds remain in balance.
With a section of voters castigating the Jubilee administration, Aaron Cheruiyot has told the Kericho voters to invest politically in youth rather than engaging in politics of opportunism.
“We invest so much in educating our children but when they come back to you for employment through the vote to serve you, you are hesitant and want the old to continue ruling us. Until when will the youth be given chance?” Cheruiyot posed.
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He was accompanied by the Senate Majority leader, Kithure Kindiki as they traversed the Kericho County hunting for votes.
The Jubilee aspirant wrestled political heavy-weights in the County to emerge the Jubilee flag bearer, defeating former Mps Franklin Bett, Magerer Langat among other once powerful politicians.
Meanwhile in Rarieda, Siaya County, the battle for the National Aspirants have attracted youths and placed the elders in dilemma in offering their blessings to their sons.
The position of the current MP, Nicholas Gumbo is under threat after young and fresh aspirants announced their interest in serving the people of Rarieda.
Early last year, the former University of Kabianga of Students leader Afred Chuchu announced his candidature for the seat. Last month, another youth, Neto Adhola declared his interest.
But even as the temperatures continues to rise, the long running political drama in the constituency continues to heat up as the two front runners of the seat, Neto Adhola and Alfred Chuchu are likely to form one youthful team.
This is after the intervention of the elders, religious leaders, women and the youth who looks at the two as the best fit for Rarieda constituency come 2017.
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Their political camps are contemplating a merger where one of them is to step down and support the other if they want to wrestle the incumbent MP who has been quoted as saying that the two are small fish in the lake.
A few days ago, Chuchu announced that he will be stepping down as the Chairperson of the Constituent Colleges and Developing Universities Forum (CCDUF), the timing of this being driven by speculation that he was looking at a constituency-wide campaign strategy.
“Yes, it’s true that a lot of things are happening,” Chuchu said when contacted by the press on his possibility to step down.
“Such talks have been going on... I have to get to the community and ensure that it’s the right thing,” added Chuchu.
According to Kennedy Onyango, Chuchu’s political career will come to an end if he goes ahead to contest in 2017 parliamentary elections against Neto Adhola who is most popular than any other aspirant in Rarieda.
Some experienced politicians still feel that the two are not experienced enough to hold political offices, but only the voters have the power to influence how the story ends.
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