Garissa governor Ali Korane has urged youth to shun away from divisive politics, misuse by political leaders and instead forge unity of purpose.
Speaking in Iftin ward today when he met youth from the area during his public engagement with members of the public on development issues.
Korane said as the country heads towards the general elections next year, political aspirants would try to bring youth closer as they solicited for votes.
He said the youth have in the past fallen into the trap of politicians who used them to seek elective posts and later sidelined them after securing the seats.
“The most discouraging bit of it is when a politician uses the youths as goons to cause mayhem and destruction during election campaigns. This, going forward, is something you must resist,” Korane said.
“The youth should look at the way to build their future instead of engaging in short term politicking that has seen many of them mess up their lives,” he added.
Youth representative who spoke during the meeting raised issues of unemployment, youth empowerment and bursary for higher learning.
The Governor who was accompanied by the County Assembly Majority Leader Mohamed Gabow who is also area MCA took note of their concerns and promised to address them.
“Empowering the youth to realize self-employment is part of my government agenda and the issues you have raised are valid,” Korane said.
Some youths had requested for enrollment into driving schools and donation of boda-boda for self-sustenance.
The Governor promised them that this was an urgent priority for consideration.
Korane said the National Treasury was faced by ‘financial crisis that cuts across all the other counties for the past 8 months’ causing major delay in the implementation of government projects.
By Jacob Songok