Written by Frankline Bwire
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Frankline Mukwanja a consultant at the centre for Multi-party democracy addressing Busia Youth in Busia.
The Centre for Multi-party Democracy has embarked on County debates to conduct political education in a bid to enhance youth participation in political parties and processes in a meaningful manner.
According to the institutions consultant Frankline Mukwanja, the move targets to challenge young people to join political parties out of their commitment and willingness to take up responsibilities.
“More importantly we are socializing them with the aspirants to ensure that the political animosity that was witnessed in 2007/8 does not recur,” he said.
Mukwanja said one of the reasons which led the country into political mayhem was lack of understanding between the aspirants and the electorates, a situation that they are out to curb.
“There is nothing good to democracy more than an informed electorate as we head towards the General election. We want young people to appreciate and acknowledge their responsibility and civic duty to register as voters,” said Mukwanja.
Speaking in Busia during a devolution forum held at the Busia Catholic Church, Mukwanja expressed concern that despite youth doing well in civil societies, private sectors and professional fields, most of them have continued to shy away from politics.
“What made the young people of yester years to participate actively in political processes and political parties that are stopping the current generation from doing so?” he asked.
The forum involved various aspirants for Governorship, senate and women representative positions, where they called for peaceful campaigns as the country prepares for the fourth coming General Election.
They urged Busia residents to elect leaders who will address issues affecting them in the society and shun bribes and politicians who are out to influence the choice of leaders.
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