Youth representatives drawn from various parts of the country have said they will endorse the yet to be released Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report on condition that it addresses and entrenches issues touching on them.
The youth who gathered in Uasin Gishu County said if the BBI report will not capture and fully recognize the interests of the Kenyan youths then they will not endorse it.
The youths led by Moses Tisa from Homa Bay County warned that the BBI report set to be presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga today, Tuesday has to recognize the role played by the youth in nation building and stability of the country.
Just like women have been given recognition in various spheres including political and leadership representation, we, the youth also seek such similar recognition and treatment,” said Ben Kemboi, the Uasin Gishu County youth representative.
Nelson Mandela from Vihiga County expressed similar sentiments, saying they seek to have youth positions anchored in law when it comes to elective and appointive positions.
“When the county governments appoint people to county Public Service Boards, County Executive Committee members (CEC), and when the national government appoints Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries or parastatals board members the youth must be in those appointments as espoused in the Constitution,” he stressed.
“If the eagerly awaited BBI report comes out without addressing the issues of the youth then we will not support it,” added Mandela.
“Kenyans are expecting a lot out of that report and more so we the youths expect that our interest will be catered for, we also had the opportunity to air our views to the task force committee and if they don’t capture what we proposed then I can assure you that we will fight it by all means,” said Tisa.
By Charles Kimani /Angel Wanjala/KiptanuiCherono