• As the clock ticks towards the August 9 General Election, more youth are declaring their interest in various elective seats.
• Gone are the days where youths were used as ladders to put some people to power
In every general election in Kenya, a crop of young politicians emerge and end up being successful.
It is actually a good thing that youths are now taking matters into their own hands and venturing into vying for political seats like MCA, Women Representative, Senator, Governor, MP, etc.
Our young people should fight tooth and nail to get these positions during the forthcoming general elections.
Gone are the days when youth were used as ladders to put some people to power. The narrative is now a different story where many campaign banners are now occupied with youthful faces.
Some of those 'youngsters' vying are below;
John Paul Mwirigi
In the previous election John Paul Mwirigi by then a university student came in and surprised many and won his bid as a member of Parliament, becoming the youngest member of Parliament by then.
This general election is no different as there are a couple of young guns battling it out with rich old career politicians and giving them a hard time.
Ms Linet Chepkorir alliance Toto is a 24-year-old battling for Bomet Women Representative. Ms. Chepkorir uses a boda boda during her campaigns, with members of the public contributing cash for her transport and other needs.
Chepkorir defied all odds and put up a spirited fight throughout her campaigns for the UDA ticket, which attracted 10 other aspirants.
21-year-old Anita Soina is an environmental activist who shocked Kenyans when she declared her interest to run for the Kajiado North MP seat.
Born and raised in Kajiado North, Soina said she understands the community's struggles.
"It’s here. People over profits. Every day it hurts me to see what people go through. As I trace back to my roots to understand my culture and as a young leader who understands some of the challenges facing the people, I have decided to do this."
"The first step towards solving a problem is getting to that position of a problem solver," she posted on Instagram.
Musician Kevin Kioko aka Bahati officially joined the Jubilee party in a quest to clinch the Mathare parliamentary seat.
Bahati stated that Mathare lacked a leader who identifies with the problems of the residents and claimed to be the solution.
“Mtaani wananijua kama mtoto wa mama, wengine wananijua kama mtoto wa Diana but kutoka leo mimi naitwa mtoto wa Mathare,” he said.
Bahati will be looking to unseat Anthony Oluoch who clinched the seat in 2017 on an ODM ticket.