It is exactly two months down the line after the Kenyan voters exercised their democratic right by participating in general elections that culminated in having representatives and leaders who will secure opportunities for the youths and communities.

Important to note is how every politician vying from the lowest position to the highest sit in Kenya was interested in uplifting and transforming the lives of the youths who for decades have been going through hell.

For the last 10 years, it has not been a walk in the park for youths who happens to be the majority as revealed by the Kenya Population and Housing Survey of 2019. The Youths have been languishing in abject poverty and marred by serious social problems such as drug and substance abuse, mental health illness, gambling, sexual reproductive health-related challenges, unemployment, and hunger.

Notably, the Kenyan youths are always the majority voters who for a couple of elections have been propelling politicians to achieve their goals and ambitions at the expense of their opportunities and dignified lives. Once politicians get their seats and are assured their package is secured, the vast majority are not keen enough to come back to their electorates and set the priorities that can make their lives transformed.

It goes without asking a question that is on Kenyan youths at the moment is; The MCAs, Senators, Governors, Women reps, and the President won and got what they wanted but what will the Kenyan youths bag as take home? It is time for all elected leaders to have a quick meeting to strategize on how they will secure opportunities for youths in past elections.

Unlike other elections and campaigns marred with chaos, violence, labeling, hates speech, and misuse of the youths as perpetrators of chaos, Youths this year portrayed a big transformation before, during, and after elections and carried themselves with the utmost decorum. Perhaps this shows that the youths were privy to the dire consequences of post-election violence on the economy which has been on its knees and made life unbearable for many.

As leaders are finalizing putting their tools, strategies, and offices together for the purpose of service delivery, the Kenya youths have high hopes to be engaged in the development of the County Integrated Development plans, and Medium Term plans to set their priorities right County and National government.

Of importance is to secure slots for youths in appointive positions, affirmative action funds, access to government procurement opportunities, and all other opportunities to make sure that the unemployment rate is addressed and that Kenyan youths live dignified, cohesive, and peaceful lives

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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