The youth in Kitui have been cautioned against engaging in violent activities before, during and after the impending elections as doing so would attract dire legal consequences.
Addressing over 600 youth drawn from across the county at a Kitui Town hotel, County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich warned that those found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the election laws.
“Let whoever contemplates taking part in any activity meant to breach peace during the electioneering period remain warned that the law will catch up with you and you will pay dearly,” he announced.
Mr Cherutich said the elections will come and go but we will still need our country in one piece and with peace prevailing.
On his part, Eastern Region National Youth Council (NYC) chairman Benson Mutemi beseeched the youth in Kitui and Kenya at large to refuse being used as agents of violence by selfish politicians as the nation gears towards the ballot.
“Let’s rally behind leaders with viable agendas for the young people in this country because we are tired of getting misused by rogue politicians as a means to achieving their political goals while we remain jobless and hopeless.
“It it time to stand against bad leaders and root for leadership that has the interests of the youth at heart. We must vet aspirant and vote wisely because the choices we make today will determine and shape our future,” he added.
The function was hosted by the National Authority for Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) in conjunction with the National Youth Enterprise Fund empowerment programme with a view to sensitising the youth on effects of drug and substance abuse as well as the need for a peaceful election.