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"I sang for Jimmy Angwenyi in primary school, it is time he left the scene," says 29 year old aspirant

“We have seen our neighbours in Luoland and Kipsigis electing young leaders and that is the way to go. We should stop recycling leaders because as youths, we have the numbers and we should register as voters in large numbers,” added Nyakundi.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 23 Sep 2016 18:09 EAT

A 29-year old Nairobi enterprenuer is banking on a youth revolution in Kisii County to replace Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi.

Japheth Nyakundi has vowed to unseat the veteran third-term MP. “I am telling the youth to have faith that we have a chance to send these old guards home. We sang for them when we were in school and they are still leading us. This is very wrong,” he said of the old leaders.

Mr Nyakundi encouraged the youths in the county to stand up against the aged and seek elective posts in the forthcoming general election. He urged the youths not to be intimidated by a politician's financial muscle, adding leaders should be elected on the strength of their manifesto, ideology and development record.

“We are tired of being used by these politicians. The future of this country belongs to the youth. We should end this culture of handouts being perpetrated by old guard so that they remain in power,” added the Nairobi businessman.

He said the Kisii community should elect youthful leaders if they want any meaningful change, noting that other communities have embraced youthful leadership.

“We have seen our neighbours in Luoland and Kipsigis electing young leaders and that is the way to go. We should stop recycling leaders because as youths, we have the numbers and we should register as voters in large numbers,” added Nyakundi.

He added that he is ready to face Angwenyi in newly founded Jubilee Party during nominations which party leaders have indicated IEBC will carry out party primaries.

“We have been assured of free, fair and credible nominations by none other than the President and his Deputy. I’m confident I will send Angwenyi home in the primaries,” he added.

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