, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 -Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa is urging the youth to be on the forefront in preserving peace in periods leading to the next general election.
Wamalwa who spoke in Nairobi during the launch of the ‘Vijana na Kijana’ lobby that supports him lamented the violence witnessed in Ndhiwa ODM nominations.
The New Ford Kenya Party Leader said that the experience of the 2008 post election violence should inform the youth not to be misused by politicians.
“I was disturbed by the images of the violence in Ndhiwa. It Is not a habit to be encouraged. New Ford Kenya believes that the days when youths were hired to heckle aspirants, cause mayhem and block roads are all gone,” he said.
Activist Aghostino Neto Oyugi was on Tuesday announced the winner of ODM party nominations in Ndhiwa, as his rivals rejected the outcome citing massive irregularities.
Wamalwa challenged the youth to use their numbers to ensure that they bring the change they yearn for during the 2013 elections.
He insisted that the youth must ask tough questions on the agenda of the many presidential candidates for youth.
The Saboti MP who is said to be in talks with Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on the possibility of a joint ticket insisted that he was running for the presidency
“Many youths are jobless and hopeless and that’s why they are fodder for warlords, we should no longer be told that we are the leaders of tomorrow. We must stand up and take our place backed by the Constitution,” Wamalwa added.
“I will be on the ballot and will come to you as young people with the agenda that brings a paradigm shift from power politics to the politics of empowerment,” he promised.
The launch of the youth group attended by youths, mostly university and college students was also attended by former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile who also encouraged youth to make right choices by electing leaders who are responsive to the needs of the youth.
“Let us not always be a complaining nation when we can make the choice, let us use this time to strategise and look at those who are seeking these positions and how they address our issues,” said Ndile adding that unemployment was a time bomb waiting to explode.
Wamalwa follows in the footsteps of other presidential aspirants who have lobby groups fronting their respective candidatures.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has prominently propelled in this regard by groups led by the Friends of Raila and the ODM reloaded team composed of youthful MPs.
Wamalwa’s function was however not attended by his prominent political allies from the G7 Alliance including Deputy Prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta who was expected to be the chief guest.