The Kenyan Youth can be considered as the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, one thing is clear they are far from losing hope in influencing this great nation they call home.2017, like every 5 years signals decision time for Kenyans; the one true voice of every Kenyan is getting a chance to exercise their right to vote. IEBC, Civil Society and Political Parties actively mounted a major campaign to sensitise the young people on the need to register as voters while educating them on the actual process of registering.
Challenges to implementing the constitution are many. These can be grouped into content matters, processes of implementing, institutional hangover and complications surrounding the impending aspects on devolution, land and judiciary among others; overcoming nepotism and patronage along ethnic lines in recruitment of persons and creation of institutions to implement the constitution; the inefficiencies of public service, yet they have a key role in setting the pace of implementation.
The voyage towards a new constitution has been long and turbulent and Kenyans are waiting with bated breath to vote for or against the Proposed Constitution. Young people have been at the forefront among other stakeholders in steering the constitutional process – from mass action in the mid 1990s, to Bomas, through Kilifi to Naivasha and back to Delta House, the youth have been dedicated, selfless, resilient and sometimes even radical in pushing for reforms in this country. Indeed this constitution belongs to young people and we will remain vigilant in ensuring that Kenyans realize their aspirations.
Kenya is a beautiful country endowed with immense resources and hard working citizenry. For decades the over 43 ethnic groups have existed side by side in common accord.Even when animosities and atrocities between some communities broke out, the speed at which harmony was re-established is impressive.
The hope of winning the fight against corruption lies in changing the values, attitude and behavior of the youth of today, the leaders of tomorrow, who will disdain corruption and who are willing to change their attitudes and values toward corruption. This involves developing new positive values and ideologies among the youth.
The broad objective of this Anti-Corruption Tool Kit is to provide change agents with sufficient grounding to understand what corruption is and strategies for fighting petty corruption. The knowledge gained should be sufficient to enable participants/community members to engage in anti-corruption initiatives especially in devolved funds management and service delivery, especially health, water and education projects.
This publication is based on the inputs derived and consolidated from various consultations with groups of youth leaders in an effort by the youth in Kenya to share with other citizens their understanding and concerns on the Vision 2030. These consultations revealed significant areas of concern that require attention. They include: The key assumptions made in the development of the vision; the conspicuous absence of a cultural pillar (also outlining shared national values).
Guilty: deals with a problem that has become virtually a second skin to our elections – the spectre of electoral violence. It is an account of pre-polls electoral violence in Kenya and seeks to examine the role of the youth and that of others whose role may not have been properly highlighted to date through monitoring and data analysis. Young people have over the years been accused of being the perpetrators of electoral violence in Kenya.