The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: Youth Urged to Avoid Violence

A parliamentary aspirant in Khwisero has advised the youth to abstain from violence and maintain peace during campaigns a head of the March 4 elections.

Dan Sumba said the country must remain peaceful before, and after the elections.He was addressing youth forums during his campaigns in Namasoli.

Sumba, who is seeking the seat on the UDF party ticket, said youth form the majority of this country and can determine its leadership if they vote wisely.

He asked youth to form mediation forums and sensitize their peers against turning conflicts into violence.

"As people who live together, we are bound to disagree. Some have disagreed on the choice of parties and candidates but that should not make us fight and become enemies because election is a one-day exercise but we shall need to co-exist after the elections" he said.

"The youth must stand up for peace, responsible voting and continued involvement in shaping the country at large" Sumba added.The former lecturer at Tom Mboya labour college warned the young generation against politicians who want to use them for their own selfish gains.

He said time was ripe for the youth who are representatives of the young generation to become proactive in the search for peaceful campaigns and vet aspirants to enable the society get good leaders.

The 22-year old Moi university alumni said youth should abstain from violence during polls and vote for leaders who can chart a new destiny for them.

He asked the youth to name and shame politicians who want to incite them to violence saying it is the youth who remain to suffer as leaders retreat back to their hiding dens in Nairobi.

"Investors will shy away from developing your areas and you will remain jobless because there will be no job opportunities for you due to bad leadership" Sumba noted.

He advised youth to thoroughly scrutinize aspirants and shun those who want to divide them along tribal lines.

He asked leaders in Khwisero to respect the poll results saying it reflects the will of the people. Most aspirants in Khwisero constituency who flopped at the party primaries last month decamped from their parties and joined new ones to seek for re-election in the new signing parties.

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