The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) held youth mentorship program seeking to promote peace and National Cohesion among youth during and after the 2022 general elections.
It hosted youths from the North Rift region counties including Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, and Egeyo Marakwet.
NCCK sought to empower youth to resist being misused to cause violence and motivate them to be champions of peace.
To empower the youth, NCCK facilitated them to set the agenda for issue-based elections which played a key role in transforming narratives and contents of campaigns.
Having delivered on the commitment to keep peace before, during, and after the elections, the youth in Kenya are now focusing on securing dignified Livelihoods that will ensure they continue being defenders of peace and national cohesion.
Speaking to the press, the CCC chairperson in Eldoret Solomon Chelal said the youth conference aimed at empowering young people and enabling them to have better lives.
“ Youths in our region are the majority. We have brought them together so that we can empower them to come up so that they can get a dignified life because they are young people who have energy. We want to advise Our youth to resist participating in demonstrations and end up destroying property, said the CCC chairperson in Eldoret Solomon Chelal.
The NCCK regional Youth representative Samuel Sholle said that the conference aimed at aims at enabling youth to have dignified livelihoods and to be at the forefront in advocating for peace and cohesion.
He also noted that youths should be peace ambassadors since Without peace there cannot be progress in the country.
“The primary role of this youth conference is to facilitate an understanding of the socio-political and economic contexts in each county to ensure youths have dignified lives and effectively safeguard peace and national cohesion,” Said The NCCK regional Youth representative Samuel Sholle.
Sholle called upon the government to involve youth in decision-making.
Jael Jepkemboi, one of the youths stated unemployment is a factor contributing to youths taking part in demonstrations. She called upon youths to resist being taken advantage of by unethical leaders.