The Star (Nairobi)

8 June 2012

Kenya: Avoid Violent Politicians, Youth Told

NEW Narok county commissioner Farah Kassim has urged the youth in the region not be used by politicians to cause chaos in the general election.

Kassim said the youth should avoid leaders whose aim is to derail development. "You should never allow the politicians to divide you along tribal lines. Such politicians use young people as platforms to gain their self-interests," said Kassim who spoke to the press in his office.

He said the violence like the one witnessed in 2007/08. "The youth should be in the frontline in preaching peace and harmony among the locals instead of being used by politicians to cause chaos and achieve political goals to the detriment of the county's unity," said Kassim. The commissioner appealed to locals to shun tribalism and unite to live in peace and harmony, adding that the tribalism is retrogressive and outdated.

"Narok County is a cosmopolitan region and therefore need for everybody to maintain peace and enhance development," said Kassim.

Speaking separately to the Star, Narok County Youth Coalition for Change chairman Stephen Kishoyian said that the youth have made a resolution to shun politicians who are out to divide them along ethnic lines in the next polls. Kishoyian said that this time round they will not allow politicians to use them to achieve their own selfish ambitions. "During the 2007 elections we were used to fight each other by politicians who are right now working together, this will never happen again" said Kishoyian.

He vowed to use their huge numbers in order to ensure that leaders who have their interests at heart are elected. "This time round we are not going to accept handouts from politicians who later disappear after being elected only to resurface towards election time" said Kishoyian.

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