Kenyan University Students Organization has applauded the Universities and Colleges Students’ Peace Association of Kenya (UCSPAK) for involving University students to champion for peace during the forth-coming general election.
KUSO Chairman Antony Manyara says that the initiative will help in advocating for peace preventing the repeat of post-election violence.
He went ahead and said that the youths are the most affected hence students will be the right people to advocate for peace.
“The endeavor for involving university students in peace making initiative especially in the forthcoming general election is very crucial and I will also reinforce that it happens because we do not need our country to move in the direction of the post-election violence of 2007 and part of 2017. We need peaceful elections and peaceful transition because at the end of the day we as the young people are the ones who are mostly affected by an outcome that is not peaceful,” Manyara said.
Manyara further asked university students to turn out in large numbers and take part in the next general elections.
“University students can be used to do voter sensitization and not to be used by politicians to spread hate amongst communities. Students should be at the forefront of fighting tribalism and supporting politicians who are there to promote peace in the country. Students should be on the forefront of advocating peace and take part in national processes especially elections that are going to influence part of their future and we ought to encourage students to take part by turning out in large numbers and vote during the general elections,” Manyara told Ghetto radio news.
The chairman trashed claims that university students are being used by politicians to spread violence during election period.
“Those people being used by politicians are those who are not learned because university students are learned and can be able to differentiate between the right and the wrong and make the right decision. I would like to advise them to take part in national politics and know the right presidential candidate to follow and who will be able to bring change to the country,” Manyara added.
By: Emmaline Owuor
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