, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the youth to use their abilities to steer the country forward.
He said they should only look to the older generation for guidance but not wait to be told what to do.
“I think it is time you young fellows realised that it is not only the future that is yours. You should be prepared to take the present because it also belongs to you. You need to grasp it and take the country forward,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke Saturday evening in Muthaiga when he launched the Mbugua Rosemary Foundation. The foundation – established in memory of Mbugua and Rosemary – fosters young entrepreneurs and helps them to achieve their dreams through skill transfer and mentorship.
Saying he is amazed by the capacity, intellectualism, innovativeness and acumen of young people in the country, President Kenyatta said they must be given space to grow.
“We have had a problem in this country where we have kind of squeezed out the young people as the older people tend to increase their life span without realising that it gets to an age when one becomes useless,” he said.
He called on young people to take their position and not allow to be denied opportunities by the older generation.
“I believe you have the capacity and the ability to do so and ours is to do everything that we can to help you achieve that particular objective,” the President said.
Citing his recent interaction with young people in Kibera, President Kenyatta said what comes out from the youth is that they want an enabling environment to engage in gainful activities but not handouts or to be told what to do.
“I believe if we give the youth an enabling environment, we will have peace, prosperity and economic growth in this country that will far surpass anything that we have ever seen” President Kenyatta said.
He appealed to those asked to mentor the youth do so with dedication, saying ‘understand that you are on your way out and give room to the persons who have the future in their hands.”
Other speakers at the launch included the Foundation’s Chairman Bill Lay and Board Member Mary Kimotho M’Mukindia.
During the occasion, family and friends of Mbugua Mwangi and Rosemary Wahito – who died in the Westgate terror attack last year – raised funds in support of the foundation.