In acknowledgment of the place of young people in this coming presidential poll,as a key campaign agenda only second to economic recovery,it is my responsibility to demand for the meaningful engagement of young people.
It will be of no consequence to say this after the polls,as such I must say it NOW!
The ODM youth league has a huge budget for rolling out its activities every fiscal year,it’s leadership has intentionally or out of lack of capacity misappropriated these moneys leaving Raila Odinga campaign lacking completely in the enthusiasm and vigor of a party youth wing,the budget is estimated at 20million.
Equally then having acknowledged the fact that the youth league is by design moribund and out of deep love for Raila Odinga ,alongside other party enthusiasts,we formed #railaodingayouthsecretariat . This was to serve as an alternative of the youth wing,inject energy and support Raila Odinga, our third event hosted in Kisii by the CEC Sports Duke Mainga Echate contrary to everybody’s expectations saw the leadership of this team summoned and instructed to dismember the team without a second thought. While so much had gone into this already, we dismembered this team…
Again out of need to push the BBI agenda,and support Baba, #Barazalavijana was birthed. While a lot was going on with a series of events to build the confidence of young people supporting Baba, it had to stop its operations as was so ordered!
Well it is not the responsibility of a volunteer team to manage the campaigns of Raila Odinga,it is however the responsibility of the supporter of a politician to sell their candidature aggressively,this we have done and shall always do…
Finally it will be foolhardy to expect young people to volunteer time,knowledge and resources into tunes of millions (1 political event costs 250,000 at the very least being personal contributions) in this election..
I reiterate that there must be deliberate efforts towards meaningfully engaging young people around Raila Odinga, they are all social media users,that can’t define the extent to which their participation is limited.
A child born in 2004, will be registering to vote,the bulk of the excited first time voters,to make it clearer they don’t even have a picture of what transpired in 2007,leave alone 90s!