A powerful youth alliance in Kajiado that defines county leadership in every election year on Saturday assured governor Joseph Lenku its support in 2022.
During the handing over ceremony of office to newly elected leaders at Kajiado KCB grounds, new Kajiado County Youth Alliance chairman Robert Lempaso said he will steer the alliance to work closely with the current leadership of the county.
Lempaso congratulated the outgoing alliance leaders led by Chairman Jeremiah Malano and Secretary General Saitoti Matipei for conceding defeat in last week’s election.
After receiving instruments of power from Malano, Lemoaso said the youth alliance will work closely with governor Lenku to ensure that pledges he made regarding upgrading the lives of the county youth are realised.
“We will also push for the 30per cent youth tenders Lenku pledged during his last campaigns prior to the last general election. As usual we will resist bad governance in our county and we will only forge to work with trusted leaders,” said the new incoming chairman.
KCYA propelled former governor David Nkedianye to power in the 2013 general election, but his second attempt power was brought down by the youth for allegedly failing to support their agenda in the sharing of tenders with the youth.
The guest of honour during the handing over ceremony was county senator Philip Mpaayei assisted by Kajiado West MP George Sunkuyia and couple of MCAs led by Daniel Naikuni (Purko) and Moses Saoyo (Keek-Onyokie).
Sunkuyia said Kajiado elected leaders recognise youth leadership in the county and he will do everything in his power to change the lives of the youth.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is aware of this handing over ceremony and when I talked to him he sent his greetings to the new members of KCYA . We are together, as leaders of the county, together with the President in supporting you,” said Sunkuya.
Mpaayei said he has always strived to work with youth since they (youth) propelled to leadership in the last general election.
“Because I am one of you, I will stand by you in ensuring that you get the ‘cake’ you are asking from our devolved government. Lenku is aware of your needs and has send me deliver his message that he is with you as we speak,” said Mpaayei.
More than 1, 000 youth that gathered at the KCB grounds braved the hot sun to witness the organised handing-over ceremony.
Some of the instruments of power handed over included KCYA official seal, constitution, stamp, incorporation certificate, flag, members list and roll up stand.
Other new officials are; vice chair Eric Lepaso, secretary general Titus Letema, vice secretary Philip Meeli, Treasurer Noel Kosenja, vice Mathew Mumeita, public relation officer William Sitoi and organizing Secretary Raphael Kaai.