Young Parliamentarians urge youth to take lead in development agenda

Young Parliamentarians in the country have called on young people to in the country to take active role in the development agenda of the nation.

Under the umbrella Kenya Association of Young Parliamentarians, the Legislators drawn from across the political divide said youth have potential which should be tapped.

The Lawmakers from both National Assembly and Senate spoke on Saturday in Naivasha during their inaugural meeting.

Led by Molo MP Kuria Kimani, they vowed to push youth agenda in both houses.

“As elected and nominated young leaders in both houses, we shall continue to push the agenda of youth. We also want to ensure that various platforms for youth to get the potential to do what they are good at” he said.

Kuria also called for unity of purpose adding that elections are over and it is time for development.

He added that discussions are on to constitute new leadership of the Young Parliamentarians Association.

It should be noted that KYPA is focused on ensuring sustainability of young leadership in the country.

“We can ensure sustainability of young leadership in the country by electing them and also mentoring them” said Kuria.

Sentiments echoed by Kirinyaga Woman Rep Jane Njeri Maina.

She noted that young people have been lacking mentorship on leadership.

“There has been lack of mentorship when it comes to leadership and that is what we shall be doing to propel the nation as far as economic, political and social development is concerned”. she said.

Lang’ata MP Felix Odiwuor Jalango on his part noting that political divide should not derail development.

He challenged young people with ambition of becoming leaders in the political arena not to shy off.

The young Parliamentarian also called on youth who want to be leaders to be close to the people and know their interests.

“Young people played key role in our election and we shall do all we can to empower them” said Jalango.

Kenya Young Parliamentarians’ Association CEO Antony Buluma revealed that membership has increased in the 13th Parliament with 15 members

He added that KYPA’s main intention is to retain the current members of Parliament in the next House through skills gained in the different programs offered.

“We are excited about the 13th Parliament’s membership at KYPA. We currently have an increase of 15 members compared to the membership of the 12th Parliament” said Buluma.

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