06 Apr THE YOUTH DARE TO QUESTION THE LEADERS TRACK RECORD #askmeanything
Terrific Tuesday! Buy one and get one free was to describe the inception of the event that brought together young people from all walks of life, young and elected leaders from Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association(KYPA), media personalities and not to mention the opinion leaders on social media and celebrities as well. Meticulously planned and organized by Youth Agenda, the event dubbed “ #askmeanything “ took centrestage with immediate introductions and pleasantries facilitated by the YAA CEO Susan Mwongera, of which upwards, the obviously curious and hungry audience were joyfully ushered into the “Pizza experience.” Bottom line, the crux of the matter which was to essentially deliberate and dare to question the track record of the elected young leaders; questions were posed to the likes of Honorable Johnson Sakaja, Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Honorable Martha Wangari and Honorable Steve kariuki.
Moderated by Nanjira, a well known researcher and culture shaper from Nairobi ; she aided in engineering the discussion to get the facts from the elected individuals about their tenure as leaders in their respective dockets. The conversation proved successful as the #askmeanything trended on twitter for a few hours; bringing in young professionals and other twitter fanatics to jump on the bandwagon at the time which was the “#askmeanything.”
The event was also crafted to celebrate these young leaders who are on record to have effectively utilized the CDF funds in their counties. Hard questions were asked about the ongoing veteran leadership in the country and how youth inclusivity in leadership and governance, economic and social spaces can be intensified exponentially.
What was clear from the conversation was that the youth were sick and tired of being marginalized and sitting on the periphery. It was unanimously decided that it’s about time they pro actively engaged in political issues ; which is in line with the research that 60% of the Kenyan population is made up of the youth demographic. The youth have the advantage of the numbers therefore; they should come out and speak against issues that are rampant in the current political leadership such as corruption, tribalism, crime and extra judicial killings. With this in mind, Prior to the national elections slated for August, the youth need to be vigilant and filled with sobriety so as to choose individuals who will tackle issues such as unemployment ,empowerment and participation, crime and radicalization, access to capital among others.