A section of youth leaders from the Mount Kenya region has vowed to form a new political party to drive their agenda.
Led by their spokesperson Joseph Guchu, the group now says that the youths have been sidelined for so long when it comes to the country’s leadership.
The youths who had converged in Murang’a said they are tired of being promised to be the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ which never comes to pass, insisting that the time for youths to take charge is now.
“The youth being the majority of the country’s population, we need adequate representation both at the national and county level so that our voice can be heard,” said Guchu.
Guchu says that for years, young people have only been used as stepping stones by leaders during election campaigns, after which they are dump. This trend, Guchu says, has to end.
“Any leader seeking elective post must have a comprehensive agenda for the youth for him/her to get our support,” he added.
Githuta Mutahi, another youth leader, said out of the 70 political parties in the country, none has an elaborate youth agenda in its manifesto, something he says is a clear indication of how young people are undermined.
“We want the president to come to the ground so that he can see for himself the struggles we are going through.”
On his part, Kariuki Rete -another leader urged members of the public not to elect leaders who have been involved in graft.
He also urged the authorities mandated to fight corruption to do their work and ensure those found culpable face the law.