The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Youth Group Warns Leaders

A youth council has urged politicians in Meru to stop misusing young people.

The National Youth Council Meru Chapter accused some politicians of giving the youth handouts, alcohol and drugs to lure them to their political rallies.

The council, which issued a press statement in Meru, said cases of ferrying youths in lorries to political rallies has been witnessed in North Imenti and Igembe South Constituencies recently and expressed fear that the cases might be increase when campaigns intensify.

The council spokesperson Benedict Muchui the Youth in the council will intensify campaigns against any politician who is found giving handouts and alcohol to the youth because this will compromise the standards of voting.

"If this trend continues we will condemn them and ask our fellow youth not to vote for these politicians buying them alcohol because they don't mind about their future. This will make them vote with unsober minds and end up making the wrong choices", he said.

The youth also called upon the aspirants to desist from holding political rallies in market places and towns because they disrupt work and leave the owners and operators incurring great losses due to the looting when incidents of violence occur.

They further urged all election stakeholders to incorporate the youth in their activities so that their issues and input can be exercised in determining the future of the country.

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