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Tentemo: Youth must now take the bull by the horn

The youths ought to take the bull by the horn and go for the topmost seats in the country and change the already created narrative that all senior posts in this country are reserved for the elderly

Samuel Tentemo

It is my strong view, that the cause one pursues in their youthfulness, has a bearing on their life accomplishments, or otherwise failures.

In this light, while some youth cohorts in Kajiado County are involved in; crime syndicates, drug addiction, and other vicious undertakings, a majority of them are admirably pursuing their leadership calls, on various fronts.

In the political front, for instance, the youths are resolutely arising against all odds, even against a retrogressive narrative, to the effect that youth are leaders of a tomorrow that apparently is never forthcoming.

Reproving the narrative, a daring section of the Kenyan youths (in the past two subsequent general elections), threw themselves into the ring and wrestled with the experienced leaders (with relatively enhanced financial muscles) for the slots of Members of both the National and County Assemblies.

A case in point, is the Nandi County whose youth fraternity vehemently rallied behind their colleague Stephen Sang, and he eventually succeeded to clinch the top seat.

In so doing, they effectively sent a very strong signal, that going forward, that the youth are not to be excluded in the decision-making table.

Youthful MPs were also elected to the August House. Leading the pack is a vibrant and youthful Igembe South MP John Mwirigi, 23. Others are; Babu Owino (Embakasi East) and Charles Njagua of Starehe Constituency.

The youths ought to take the bull by the horn and go for the topmost seat in the country and change the already created narrative that all senior posts in this country are reserved for the elderly.

The current trends by the Head of State courtesy of his appointments should fuel the youths into seeking for this senior position so that we can be able to snatch these seats from the elderly and give it to the young, educated but jobless youths who are experienced enough to handle these jobs.

It’s incumbent on us as the youths to stop going for the nominated slots and seek for elective positions so that we can be able to have that independent mindset as opposed to being an appendage of the appointing authority.

A classic example being the five nominated senators who are on the verge of losing their seats just because they didn’t attend the Parliamentary Group meeting organized by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Samuel Tentemo is a vocal youth leader, from Kajiado West Sub-county.

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