Vice-president Kolonzo Musyoka has been urged to revive a programme of enrolling the street children into the Kenya youth service.
Kalonzo who also holds the home affairs ministry docket was told to emulate his predecessor Moody Awori who enrolled thousands of street children into the NYS and as a result reforming their lives. Speaking during the international day for street children, the director of Action for children in conflict Kenya chapter John Muiruri said unless the street children are involved in meaningful engagement they will continue unleashing menace in major towns and cities. He said to avert crime in cities, the street families must be eradicated by absolving them in the NYS and other institutions where they would get life long skills
At the same time Kenyans living in Diaspora have urged the government to use the huge agricultural potential to create jobs for the youth.
Steven Gikonyo who hails from Kandara Murang'a County said by adding value to crops like coffee and fruits, the country can be able to create jobs to thousands of Kenyan youth through the creation of cottage industries.
Noting that the youth are becoming vulnerable to crime and alcohol abuse due to lack of jobs, Gikonyo said the only way out of the problem is exploiting the existing avenues to the fullest saying value addition is one such great opportunity which if well utilized can solve the country's unemployment crisis. He said value addition has
succeeded in other countries and Kenya should follow the example to address unemployment and fight poverty.
Gikonyo said if the government has to attract thousands of Kenyans living in the Diaspora to come back home and serve the country, a strong economic base capable of offering employment opportunities is required as an incentive as no one will come back to the country only to end up tarmacking.
At the same time, Gikonyo called on the government to issue ID cards to millions of youth who lack the vital document to allow them exercise their democratic right of electing their leaders in the forthcoming general elections. He said the youth being the majority of voters should no be left out of this important exercise due to lack of the documents
Gikonyo told the youth to go for elective posts in the elections since the notion that they are future leaders does no longer hold.