The notion that Maturity comes with age has long been a reason for leadership attainment in most African societies.

Take ancient time as a prime example when leadership roles were divided based on age, whereby the elderly were naturally considered to be appropriate leaders in their places of dominion.

It is now a thing of the past because in the current generation, youths are taking on leadership roles that were previously reserved for seniors, a move that hasn’t been received positively by elderly.

Dilton Mwanje, 25, a graduate of BA (Education in English and literature) and Former vocal student Leader at Kibabii University has joined the race for an MCA seat in South Kabras Ward in Kakamega County where he will be competing other elderly aspirants.

Dilton Mwanje(left) MCA Aspirant in South Kabras, Kakamega County during his bid to contest for August 2022 Elections Photo by Dishon Amanya

He has committed to fight tooth to nail to outshine everyone and is confident that he is the best choice for the role having been encouraged by Kabras residents.

The saying ‘youths are the future leaders’ has hit differently to the current youths who are aspiring to be the leaders in the upcoming elections, changing the slogan to ‘now or never’.

Addressing the press during the official launch of his bid to contest for the seat, Dilton said that for a long period of time they have been singing every time about youths being the future leaders but now it’s time for them to wake up and grab some of the positions in leadership.

“The Leadership opportunities are often overlooked by adults, either knowingly or unknowingly, but the results are the same, a lost opportunity for young people to take the lead,” said Dilton.

He added that in order to seize big leadership roles, the youths have to start from somewhere and believe in themselves because it is their constitutional right to vie for those seats.

However, he is yet to reveal the political party he will be joining to contest for the seat.

He vowed under his manifesto to improve the economy of his ward by ensuring every citizen get services without discriminated should he be elected in the coming August general elections.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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