Uhuru turns focus to the youth ahead of 2017 elections
21 September 2016, 12:47
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured of the government’s commitment to youth empowerment.
President said youths possess a wide variety of talents that the
government is keen to nurture and develop for their benefit.
urged stakeholders in various fields including music, sports and the
arts to help the youth identify, cultivate and positively utilize their
“We want to ensure that our youths can enjoy the fruits of their talents fully,” the President said.
Uhuru was speaking at State House, Nairobi, last evening when he
addressed a group of youths who participated in the new talent search
show dubbed ‘Jenga Talanta’.
The talent development initiative is sponsored by the Nairobi County Women Representative Rachel Shebesh.
“Going forward, we want to exploit these talents to ensure that they benefit the youth economically,” Uhuru said.
urged the ministries of Education, Sports, Culture and the Arts as well
as that of Information, Communication and Technology to set aside funds
to support the youth in developing their talents.
also said more money should be allocated to the Permanent Presidential
Music Commission to help spread its youth training services across the
“Rather than promote foreign talents which we see on television, we need also to exploit our own,” Uhuru said.
He added: “We have a responsibility to help our youths engage in decent and honest income generating ventures.”
He also urged facilitators of the ‘Jenga Talanta’ initiative to ensure it takes root before venturing to other counties.
“The current participants should be helped to sharpen their talents
to the highest level so that they can serve as role models for their
compatriots before expanding the program to counties. That way, the
program will be more successful,” he said.
The Jenga Talanta
show involved youth from all the 17 constituencies in Nairobi. The grand
finale of the competition was held on Monday where Francis Omondi from
Embakasi South constituency emerged the winner, Anderson Chege from
Dagoretti South constituency came second while East Boys Cream from
Makadara took the third position.
Shebesh, who is the patron of
the Jenga Talanta initiative, said she has utilized funds allocated to
the Women Representative kitty to initiate various programs aimed at
improving the welfare of the youth, women and people with disabilities.
Shebesh said she would continue working closely with the government
for the benefit of the youth, women and people with disabilities.
said the Sh7 million women kitty allocated to each constituency by the
national government has gone to priority projects identified by her
committee in collaboration with Nairobi residents.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Victor Odhiambo from Starehe thanked the President for his support to the youth.
called on the government to help the youth by ensuring that social
amenities which have been neglected or grabbed are recovered and
refurbished to help them develop their talents.
Also present were nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and Runyejes MP Cecily Mbarire.