June 22nd 2017

Society / Education

Kangundo 'comrades' blaze the trail for student activism ahead of election

“It is clear in the allocation of tenders 30% should be given to the youth but none has been offered. It doesn’t mean the youth cannot supply goods and services and we want whoever comes into power in the next government to recognize the youth in this region,” said Ms Nzioki one of the students from

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comTuesday, 24 Jan 2017 17:12 EAT

University students queuing to register as voters in Kangundo. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/ Kenya Free Press)

Almost a hundred students from Kangundo Sub County attending different universities and colleges in the country have formed an association after registering as voters in Kangundo and endorsed Dr Ancent Kituku to be the next legislator. The students drawn from Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mount Kenya University, South Eastern University of Kenya and Jordan College travelled to Kangundo to register as voters.

Among issues they expressed was the fact that they had been sidelined in matters education by the current leadership. They also alleged they were not recognized by the incumbent who had neglected their needs when it comes to allocation of bursary funds by the CDF. "Of the nearly 30 students who had applied for college bursaries, none has received anything and we are struggling to raise the fees," said one of the students who asked not to be identified as his application was still pending.

The students also expressed dissatisfaction at the way tenders were awarded in the constituency alleging there was no transparency. “It is clear in the procurement rules that 30 percent of public tenders should be given to the youth but none has been offered. It doesn’t mean the youth cannot supply goods and services and we want whoever comes into power in the next government to recognize the youth in this region,” said Ms Nzioki, a students from UON.

The students' engagement with local issues has caused sensation and some of those involved believe their experience will be replicated by students from other regions seeking better representation from the upcoming election. Some of the leaders questioned the role the local youth representative had played in representing the youth in the universities.

The students called upon Dr Kituku, a Kenyatta University lecturer, to be their Patron as he had showed immense interest in improving the education standards in Kangundo as a whole. Dr Kituku, who has shown interest in the Kangundo parliamentary seat, assured them that he would serve as their patron even after becomes MP, should he win the election.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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