Uhuru: Hiring youths to disrupt meetings archaic

September 10, 2014 10:23 am
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President Kenyatta said it was shameful for politicians to hire youths to cause violence and to heckle other leaders in exchange for small money instead of helping them to aspire to achieve something meaningful in life/FILE
President Kenyatta said it was shameful for politicians to hire youths to cause violence and to heckle other leaders in exchange for small money instead of helping them to aspire to achieve something meaningful in life/FILE
GILGIL, Kenya, Sept 10 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has said politicians who hire youths to misuse them for political reasons should know theirs was politics of the past.

President Kenyatta said it was shameful for politicians to hire youths to cause violence and to heckle other leaders in exchange for small money instead of helping them to aspire to achieve something meaningful in life.

“The future belongs to the youth and we should help them fulfil their dreams and those politicians should stop their disgraceful habit of misusing the young men and women,” he said.

President Kenyatta spoke in Gilgil town after he unveiled a new logo for the National Youth Service.

The Head of State is in Gilgil for the passing out parade for 4,000 trainees at the National Youth Service College.

He said politicians who organise the youth to cause chaos are irresponsible and have no vision to empower the young men and women who form the majority of Kenya’s population.

He encouraged the youth to allow politicians to engage them only on lawful issues that bring benefit for them instead of being misused by selfish leaders.

“If some politicians want chaos and violence, why can’t they use their own children instead of hiring others,” he said.

The President said such leaders are cowardly by sacrificing young people and keeping their children safe.

“This habit of hiring young people to make noise and cause chaos is the politics of yesterday. Don’t corrupt the future of the youth if you have nothing meaningful for them,” he said.

on Monday, President Kenyatta was forced to cut short a public meeting in Migori after youths started throwing shoes towards the dais as they heckled Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Speaking on Wednesday, the President said his Government will increase efforts to provide better opportunities for the youth of the country.

He said the NYS College will enrol more young men and women and encouraged those from Gilgil not to be left out.

The President was accompanied by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at the ceremony to unveil the new NYS logo.

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