Youthful leaders from the Western region have rejuvenated the agitation for economic revolution to address challenges bedeviling residents owing to poor leadership.
The initiative dubbed Magharibi Youth Movement pooled delegates from the five counties of the region spanning from Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Busia to Vihiga in a meeting held in Kitale.
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi who was elected the chairman of the movement said the region has for long suffered economic marginalization despite being a key pillar during general elections owing to its numerical strength.
“We want to change the narrative so that this region will no longer be a center of political brokerage during elections. We must be part and parcel of the Government of the day,” said Mr. Amisi.
ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna cited lack of economic empowerment opportunities among the youths in the region as a major hindrance to economic revolution which has curtailed development.
“Major industries in this region have stalled. We need to shift our politics from mere wishing to set up of the right infrastructure to drive economic growth amongst residents,” said Mr. Sifuna.
Nominated senator Mercy Cheben (ODM) said the solution lies in addressing the roadblocks that have derailing economic growth among communities residing in this region.
The leaders also rooted for the youths in the region to have their input on the soon to be released Building Bridges initiative BBI to have an enabling legal framework for socio-economic development.
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi stressed the need by the youths to agitate for political leadership to be part of the decision making and policy formulation machinery to effectively advance regional interests.
“For us to find a long-term solution, we must have the youths who are the next generation to be on the table of policy formulation where they can craft sol issues affecting them,” said Mr. Osotsi.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and his Kibra counterpart Imran Okoth challenged youths in the region to stop being used by elderly politicians who hoodwink them with promises of prioritizing their
“The youths need to take charge of their destiny by entrusting political leadership with their fellow youths. Political leadership is key in socio-economic development,” said Mr. Owino.