By Francis Ng’ang’a

If Kenya burns, then we all burn in it for we are Kenyans” this were the words of the Youth Affairs and Sports minister Hellen Sambili, during her speech to mark the official opening of The Kenya Youth Peace Summit at the Lenana School.

The speech read by the minister, on behalf of the President of Kenya Hon. Mwai Kibaki, challenged the youth to build a better country and adviced them on how to achieve their dreams about their future. She assured the young and eager participants of the ministry’s endeavor to address issues affecting young people; such as high levels of unemployment, widespread poverty, health, crime, drugs and substance abuse.

At the same time, she also encouraged the youths to lead healthy lives and avoid drugsalcohol and other harmful substances. The minister said that her ministry is in the forefront in promoting peace and cohesion. “After what happened in December 2007 election I am sure all of us realize that no one can be spared in the absence of peace. Am sure it was a learning experience to all of us” the minister concluded.

The minister appreciated the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church for their efforts in promoting peace building amongst the youth in this summit meant to address peace issues and coming up with the best practices and approaches in peace building


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