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Vijana Twaweza! Set New Standards – Lower Eastern Youth

Vijana Twaweza! Set New Standards

Conference Communique

Preamble

Youth Leaders drawn from Kajiado, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni counties have met here at Kitui Multi Purpose Adult and Continuing Education Center on 29th and 30th October 2021 for the Vijana Twaweza! Youth Conference to reflect on the status of the youth and strategize for the future. The Conference was guided by the theme “Wholesome Youth for a Wholesome Society (1 Timothy 4: 12)”.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

Appreciating that the youth have a capacity to provide leadership and solutions to the society, the Youth Leaders in this Conference now share the following message:

1. Embrace Youth Leadership

This Vijana Twaweza! Youth Conference recalls that in the Bible, God always chose youths to be anointed as kings, as shown by the examples of Saul, David and Solomon. The elders and prophets of the time embraced the youth and supported their reign.

In a similar manner, we urge the religious, community and political leaders and structures to embrace the youth and accord them the support they require to provide solutions to the social, political and economic problems troubling our people. The youth are not a problem to be solved, we are the solution to the problems that need solving.

2. Take Position and Set Standards

As Youth Leaders, we call to mind that God expects the youth to be overcomers, as we read in 1 John 2: 14

I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one

Notably, overcomers do not wait for opportunities and chances, they create them. Despite the shortcomings and hindrances, the youth are already empowered to provide solutions to the evils of our generation, and in this way make life better for all. As youth, we can set new standards in leadership and resource management. We are the warriors the society is depending on to overcome poverty, corruption, tribalism and despondency.

3. Register As Voters and Vie for Positions

To achieve this, we as youth need to assume decision making positions in the community, church, and nation so that we take the fight against evil to the correct battlefield, which in our Kenyan setting is the ballot box. We therefore call upon all the youth in the nation to register as voters and participate fully in the 2022 General Elections. Let us prepare to put in place the leaders we believe are the best for the youth and the nation.

Further, we commit to support and campaign for youthful candidates who have integrity, good morals, and are committed to the betterment of society. Wholesome youth produce a wholesome society.

4. County Youth Manifestos

This Vijana Twaweza! Youth Conference has taken note that in the past, the self-centered and self-appointed leaders have messed the nation and caused massive suffering for all. To remedy this, we have committed to empower our fellow youth to seriously vet aspirants and only support those who pass the criteria set. We will no longer wait for politicians, who are our employees, to make political promises they have no intention of fulfilling. Instead, as the employers, we will set our expectations and only vote for those who have clear strategies and commitment to fulfill them.

In this regard, we have commenced a process of developing manifestos that define our aspirations, issues, as well as the expected performance of leaders elected next year. From here, we will organize the youth at village, ward, constituency and county levels to develop their manifestos and use them to vet the current and future leaders.

In the meantime, we have set the following aspirations which we expect candidates in each of our counties to commit to:

a)         Kajiado County

  • Inclusion of youth in all decision making
  • Youth Funds allocations committees be composed of youths
  • Sustainability and implementation of commitments by the political leaders
  • Change of cultural mindset to embrace youth as strong solution providers
  • Involve youth in law making processes

b)        Kitui County

  • More youths to be included in county government committees and employment
  • Creation of employment through funding of local industries
  • Training and civic education of youth for skill impartation
  • Drilling of more boreholes to enhance agriculture
  • Business support for youth through grants and loans
  • Eradication of corruption

c)         Machakos County

  • That the IEBC conducts free and fair elections
  • Participation of youth in decision making
  • Localization of industries for job creation
  • County government to stop harassment of youths conducting small businesses
  • Accountability and transparency of youth funds

d)        Makueni County

  • Job opportunities for the youth
  • Enhanced capacity for the youth in production and business
  • Extensive entrepreneurship trainings and funding for the youth
  • Regular civic education and information for the youth
  • Awareness creation on the role of the youth

5. Inspiration for Fellow Youth

This Vijana Twaweza! Youth Conference notes that the next General Elections are nine months away. As youth, we have these nine months to organize ourselves and put in place a government that will transform the nation. Let us then overcome the negative messages that are pervading the social and mainstream media, and instead strategize to influence the electoral and decision-making processes in the country. Vijana Twaweza! take position and set new standards.

Conclusion

As we conclude, we call to mind that youth are fully equipped to solve the problems facing our nation, and all they need is the opportunity to effectively participate in governance and decision making. May the words of our National Anthem inspire all of us, especially the youth, to play our rightful role in national processes for the betterment of all:

Natujenge taifa letu, Ee ndio wajibu wetu; Kenya istahili heshima

Tuungane mikono, Pamoja kazini, Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

Signed on this 30th day of October 2021 at Kitui Multi Purpose Adult and Continuing Education Center.

Ev Joel Kulu

Youth Representative, NCCK Lower Eastern Region

Nzembi Nzioka

Regional Manager, NCCK Lower Eastern Region

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