Kajiado County Youth Alliance (KCYA) in conjunction with the county Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture held an International Youth Day dubbed “Join the change lead the change” that aimed at bringing awareness on youth empowerment, unity, peace and participation in leadership.
The theme of the event that took place at the ministry headquarter in Kajiado town was “Eradicating poverty and attaining sustainability”. All the five sub counties were represented.
The youth through their leaders took advantage of the opportunity to air their grievances which range from unemployment, lack of youth mentorship programs, lack of representation in decision and policy making, insecurity in major towns and lack of involvement in bursary disbursement.
Speaking during the event, Kajiado deputy Governor Paul Hon. Ntiati said the job opportunities available in the county are not enough to absorb all the youth and he urged them to think of creating jobs even as they try their luck in county job opportunities. “You must think of creating jobs even as they try their luck in the county job opportunies.” Ntiati said
Ntiati said the county government is coming up with a community policy aimed at beefing up security in the county and the youth will be involved.
The county officials emphasized on the need for the youth to work on capacity building and skills acquisition noting that the level of skills in the county is wanting, a matter that has forced the public service to import skills from other counties.
The Chief Officer in charge of education James Sankale however expressed optimism that with concerted efforts from all stakeholders in the education sector, Kajiado can be a power house of skills.
Jeremiah Malano KCYA chairman said the youth should realize the immediate need to change the narrative of divisive politics being advanced by I’ll intended individuals in pursuit of personal interest.
Other county officials who attended the event are County ministers Jeremiah Nairowua (education), Ali Letura (lands), Florence Mutua (industrialization), host MCA Joseph Mutunkei among others.