April 15, 2009

By Margaret Muga

The post election violence that led to death of many people and displacement more than 300,000 people was believed to be majorly influenced by the state of unemployment among youths and poverty. This may or may not be true depending on the situation. A mother who had just given birth to baby boy on her way home from maternity came across a rowdy youth armed with pangas who hacked the child into pieces leaving the mother in agony. What does poverty and unemployment has to do with the life an innocent infant? The youth’s social life and priority setting is in question. The youth involvement in the violence has drawn public attention. Research by the National Council of Churches in Kenya-Kenya Episcopal Churches Centre of Justice, Peace and Cohesion (NCCK-KEC CJPC), illustrate their role in the election violence since 1992.However in 2002 General Election they were less destructive as they seemed to have been promised a lot and had high hopes on their elected leaders.

Their indulgence in violence has been attributed to the view of great importance of social life among youths. They spend most of their time in social places and ‘bases’ drinking brews and taking hard drugs that transform their anger into destructions and due to life demands they are further drawn into militia groups for chances of ‘creating employment’. Their priorities are set upside-down.

Young people should look at the personal perspective of an action before getting involved. What are the end results of participating in this given activity? What methods am I going to use in performing the activity? Young people need to ask themselves such questions before taking part in an activity.



April 15, 2009

By Agandi Victor and Ataro Jackton

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Hon. Prof. Hellen Sambili, yesterday took to task the government over the extension of retirement age from 55 to 60 years. . “Let’s not be selfish”,she said , and emphasized that it was important for the government to give young people an opportunity to serve in the civil service. The minister was speaking during the official launch of the Kenya Youth Peace Summit at Lenana School.

The Summit organized by Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) in partnership with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  attended by over 200 youths from different denominations across six (6) countries- Kenya (Host), Rwanda, Tanzania, United States, Congo and South Africa.

Her statements were wildly cheered by the youths who applauded throughout the session attesting to her stand. She advised the government to retain the current retirement age and appreciate the nature of African extended family, where parents on retirement were supported by their children, therefore not seeing the need for extension.