By Debra Dolla
A strong base emphasizing on how the post election violence revealed a weak point in our ethnic relationship as innocent blood was shed, lives lost, and property worth millions destroyed”, said NGO Council chairman Dr. Semeon Kanani. He continued to say that our ethnic groups will never be taken for granted as many have learnt their lessons.
He insisted that the rule of law was thrown out of the window with historic injustices revived for revenge. The chairman challenged the youths whom he referred to as the victims, defenders and perpetrators in this case to rise up and speak out as they are the international peace builders and agents of change.
He said the shaking of hands by the two leaders settled the violence but after all hooliganisms had been promoted. He emphasized on the fact that Kenyans wanted a democratic system but ended up with the coalition government which they did not vote for and called on youths across the country to have a voice and to restore mistakes
According to statistics, he said 50% of the youths are convicts in jail, 67% unemployed and 60% HIV/AIDS positive and despite all these, the youths have been put on the periphery and sidelined in most sectors.
The chairman finds the peace summit timely as the unstable political situation in the country seems to be brewing up trouble, and the youths are the ones that are likely to be incorporated. . He encouraged the youths to pass the peace messages by adding a voice.
Later during an interview with the chairman made public of his new post as a UNDP consultant and said that they are working on a new youth policy that will give compass directions on how to progress and offer benchmarks for youths to be heard. Their strategy to create networks incorporates youths thus encouraged the participants to make resolutions and they’ll have their voices heard by calling a press conference.
In closing, the chairman encouraged youths to maintain peace and talk to each other to build more networks.