Waiguru urges youth to promote peace ahead of poll

Waiguru urges youth to promote peace ahead of poll

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has challenged the youth to take the lead in promoting peace and unity ahead of the scheduled October 26 presidential election. Speaking to Citizen Digital on Monday, Governor Waiguru urged the youth to shun politicians who are out to use them for their selfish political gains and instead engage in activities that will empower them. “Social media is awash with hate messages and the perpetrators of these messages are mostly the youth. This is not the direction that this country should be taking,” said Waiguru. “The government has put in place elaborate empowerment programmes aimed at improving the lives of the youth. Instead of insulting each other because of differences in political opinions or engaging in protests, the youth should be preaching peace and supporting each other.” she added While dispelling claims by Opposition coalition NASA that Kenya is sliding into anarchy, the Kirinyaga Governor  urged politicians to focus on empowering the youth instead of using them to achieve political interests, saying a country’s economic placement is determined by an empowered youth. “I believe that Kenya has made great strides in its effort to strengthen democracy and what we are witnessing currently is an indication of that growth. Democracy allows people to differ on issue without resorting to violence, and that is what we would wish to see.” posed Waiguru She further cautioned NASA leaders against inciting their supporters to violence saying they should instead use available legal channels to seek resolution to their issues. “You cannot choose to support part of the Supreme Court ruling that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election and trash the part which calls for fresh elections within 60 days. The Court’s decision should be adhered to in totality.” said Waiguru Despite the government’s insistence that there will be elections on October 26, NASA has however asked their supporters to boycott the polls with the coalition leader Raila Odinga promising to make a major announcement of October 25 regarding the repeat poll. The Opposition coalition since changed their slogan from “No Reforms, No Elections” to “No Elections”

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