Three hundred youth across six wards in Njoro constituency have graduated with vocational, driving and peace building skills.
The beneficiaries mainly drawn from Likia, Mau Narok and Neissuit triangle are expected to be advocates of cohesion building after months of ethnic driven skirmishes that police say have claimed lives, paralyzed businesses and uprooted people from their homes.
The youth empowerment program sponsored by Njoro Constituency Development Fund and the High view driving school on a public private partnership model seeks to reach out to 6,000 youth in the area as a way of ending a vicious cycle of violence in which jobless youth are active participants.
Speaking during the graduation of the beneficiaries of the first phase on Friday in Njoro, Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi said the idea is to accelerate self employment and curb misuse of youth by unscrupulous leaders pursuing selfish ends.
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Kathambi accused some political leaders in the region of advancing a misguided zeal for prominence by fueling ethnic animosity and challenged them to join on a common front that will seek to emancipate Njoro constituents from long drawn clashes she says have hampered development.
The legislator urged Njoro residents to volunteer information about individual criminals to security agencies and refrain from ethnic profiling in incidents of crime.
She sustained calls to security operatives in the region to rein in on known cattle rustlers that she says have stirred intractable suspicion among herders and farmers in the region.
Sentiments echoed by her Bahati counterpart Kimani Ngunjiri who challenged politicians in the area to foster peace and empowerment of needy youth instead of using them as agents of discord.
Ngunjiri urged the political leadership in the restive region to refrain from politicking and provide complementary support to elected leaders on a common platform that seeks to spur development as envisioned in the ruling Jubilee party development blue print.
High View Driving School Manager Joan Kagima said the four year program will invite participation of other complimentary institutions like the church and security organs to help mould wholesome constituents that will drive social economic development in the area that has been battered by perennial skirmishes.
Beneficiaries hailed the initiative as a sustainable pathway to self reliance and cohesion among communities within the triangle.
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