, MACHAKOS, Kenya, May 13 – More than 10,000 delegates are expected in Machakos town Friday to attend the inaugural Machakos Youth Convention which will be hosted by Governor Alfred Mutua.
The youths from Machakos County and other parts of the country will be engaged on issues dealing with empowerment, leadership and public participation among other programs.
Already delegations from Nyanza, Western, Coast, Rift Valley and North Eastern provinces had begun arriving in the political and economic headquarters of Ukambani.
On Thursday, the Machakos People’s Park, the venue of the convention was a beehive of activities as final touches were being done ahead of Friday’s event.
Exhibitors were also erecting their tents where they will showcase their products and opportunities for youth empowerment.
The Machakos Governor who toured the park described the convention as a game changer in the way youth affairs were being handled.
“I welcome all delegates to this historic event. The youth are the present and future of any nation,” said Mutua.
He reiterated that the high levels of unemployment among the youth were a major concern that needed to be tackled.
Mutua said efforts should be made to create a viable environment for the youth to enable them access jobs and loans to support business opportunities.
Mutua said the convention will empower the youth on strategies for economic, business and political programs that will enable them become political and business leaders.
He said that despite the youth forming the bulk of the country’s population, they are often ignored in matters relating to political, economic stability and community empowerment.
“They are placed in the lowest ladders even in decision making processes. This is what I want to change since the youth are my comrades,” said Mutua.
He decried the high levels of unemployment among the youth despite them being talented and hardworking adding they should not have to wait until they are old to get jobs, or to afford a decent home or even have progress in their lives.
Mutua said the convention will also enable the delegates to embrace the spirit of Maendeleo Chap Chap which places the plight of the youth and the citizenry first and focuses on real development.
He said individuals who have excelled in various fields will mentor the youth with tips on how they can benefit from government and other tenders and also their place in leadership.
“Youth need to be empowered and personally I understand their thirst for empowerment and the need to be heard. That is why I have taken the initiative to invite you all to this historic function and which will hopefully trigger positive change in your lives,” said Mutua.