The Star (Nairobi)

17 August 2012

Kenya: PM Raila to Close Youth Seminar in Kiambu Tomorrow

Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to open a youth seminar in Kiambu county tomorrow. It is not clear whether the PM will tour the county before or after opening the ongoing Anglican Church of Kenya annual youth seminar at the Senior Chief Koinange High School. Kiambu is the home turf of his political rival and presidential hopeful Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also the Gatundu South MP.

Kenya Anglican Youth Organisation chairman the Rt Reverend Charles Muturi, said the youth will mobilise one million youth to register as voters ahead of the general election. The seminar was opened by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and addressed by Gichugu MP Martha Karua. Both are eyeing the presidency. "We are expecting the PM on tomorrow together with the archbishop to climax the meeting and officiate the closing of the conference, which we believe has been successful so far," said Muturi yesterday.

"The ACK youth have embarked on a countrywide campaign to have the Kenyan youth register as voters," they said in a statement, which was read on behalf of ACK head Eliud Wabukala by the the church's youth representative Paul Omondi. They said the campaign is outlined in their "Wajibika" initiative, an organ of the church aimed at reaching out to the youth to educate them on the importance of being responsible and taking charge of their destiny.

"The Anglican Church youth are in the process of mobilising one million youth to register as voters and vote in the coming general election. This is through the Wajibika initiative, which is the brain child of the ACK top leadership to reach out to the youth in the country to be responsible for their destiny," said the statement.

They called on the youth to seek elective posts in the general election of March 4 next year. "We therefore call upon the Kenyan youth to present themselves for elective offices, starting with the post of youth representative. In this way, we will start making a difference in our beloved country." "We congratulate the government for moving in to help the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission to acquire the Biometric Voter Registration kits," they said.

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