Times have changed and so the political narratives must also change. Well, that was according to the Royal Media journalist Joe Ageyo who was speaking in one of the morning shows at Ramogi FM on Monday 2021-09-20.
When asked about Raila’s latest strategy to woo the youths in his 2022 bid, Ageyo stated that the ODM leader must now speak to the youths in the language that they can reckon with because most of them no longer care about the history of the past struggles but are more concerned about their future.
“The Kenyan population is largely youthful and it is estimated that by 2022 there will be about four million new voters. In fact, they are young people who have never voted before and are going to vote for the first time in 2022. In reality, you cannot go around telling them about the history of struggle for multi-party democracy because they don’t care about such things,” said Ageyo.
Ageyo acknowledged the fact that Raila is one of the leaders who have made great sacrifices for the nation in terms of fight for democracy, constitution and even devolution however he maintained that such gigantic historical successes can only be understood and appreciated by the people who were there during those times but not the current crop of youths.
“People like me can understand it when you tell us such kind of history because we were around when the likes of Martin Shikuku were being tear gassed and we also heard it on radio when Raila was arrested and detained but will that make sense to a youth today,” asserted Ageyo.
He remembers having read about the struggle for independence in Kenya by people like Bildad Kagia, Achieng Oneko and Kungu Karumba among others in history books and equated it to how a young man who has just acquired his ID this year may have read Raila’s struggle for democracy only on books.
Let’s think of it this way; by 2022 a person born in 2004 will be a voter. Will he base his decision or ballot choice based on some 1990s history or the future? I believe the latter will suffice.
Perhaps it is in this regard that Raila has now changed the narrative and has based one of his campaign agenda on the youth empowerment. In fact, one of the Azimio La Umoja pillars is youth empowerment.
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