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Youths to decide who becomes Kenya's Youths to decide who becomes Kenya's next president

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission plans to kick off mass voter registration next month, targeting more than six million youths who have attained voting age in the past five years.

It is this six million youth that have the power of tilting the scales in favour of any of the presidential front runners and understandably so, political parties are in a scramble to lock in the new numbers before D-day.

Based on this, Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga and ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi have all unveiled a youth agenda because of the political need to resonate with the young population.

Raila has been on the charm offensive in this front, recently evidenced by his attendance at the birthday party of one of his online supporters - a 22-year old - in Githunguri, Kiambu County.

A glimpse into Raila’s social media accounts also reveals a man on a mission to get the attention of a youth populace that can no longer countenance being grounded by the tribal politics that have ruled the day since time immemorial.

He is also advocating for the redesigning, revamping and relaunching of Access to Government Procurement Opportunities for the youth.

“This age group can bring limitless opportunities to our country, but only if they are trained and then provided with opportunities to implement their knowledge and skills. Creating opportunities, particularly jobs for these young people is the biggest challenge this country has to deal with going into the future. All our policies must reflect this reality,” states Raila.

He is also calling for a review of HELB loans by expanding the limit to reflect the cost of living in Kenya as it evolves, removing the interest rates accrued and CRB listing of the graduates.

Ruto on the other hand , his campaign strategy have been centred around re-stitching of Kenya’s economic policy fabric by creating employment for the youth, uplifting a plethora of the self-help groups, easing access to credit by youth, inculcating skills to the young through institutions such as the National Youth Service as well as developing tertiary institutions to benefit the same group of people.

“Young people of our nation are the greatest resource to use in the transformation of the country,” said Ruto in one of his tweets.

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ANC Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Kiambu County ODM William Ruto

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