NAIROBI, March 31 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged the scouting movement to be at the frontline of advocating for peaceful co-existence in the country.
Musyoka said owing to what transpired during the post-election violence scouts should always endeavour to create a better world where all Kenyans co-exist amicably.
He noted that since independence the country has never witnessed such kind of violence, where more than 1,000 people lost their lives and almost 350,000 others were displaced.
The VP said Kenyans should be grateful to God for bringing the country back to normalcy.
He was speaking on Monday during the Kenya Scouts Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Rowallan Camp in Nairobi.
Musyoka, who is also the Chief Commissioner of Scouts, called for the empowering of the youth.
He said he was impressed that the scouting movement in the country had stabilised and advised the scouts to stick to their motto of honesty, sincerity, commitment to duty and leading by example.
Musyoka said there was need to have active scouts in schools who can take up the role of peer educators on the importance of good morals, and subsequently curb incidents of school unrest.
The Chief Scout, and former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo said the Association condemned the recent violence that was brought about by disputed presidential elections.
He said the violence was a national shame as it reflected a lack of respect for human life, what with ‘Kenyans slaughtering each other like animals’.
Kaparo commended the scouts for their tireless efforts of assisting the internally displaced persons.
He added that the scouting movement was looking into ways of funding members at the grassroots to strengthen the organisation’s activities.