Kenya: Nairobi Youth Rally Behind Igathe in City Hall Race
Nairobi – Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Polycarp Igathe has received a major boost in his quest to become the next county governor of Nairobi after a section of young leaders endorsed his candidacy .
The young leaders said their decision was made after much soul-searching, candidate research and review of manifestos from various gubernatorial candidates.
Ultimately, they found Igathe to be the best and most suited to serve the interests of young people in Nairobi.
Social activist Absalom Odhiambo Onyango and the man behind the viral videos supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga said the young people they met and unanimously agreed to support Igathe.
“Voting for Igathe will ensure that our Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, when elected to the State House, has a reliable foot soldier on the ground as governor with whom they can work together to restore Nairobi’s lost glory and bring sanity to the city,” said the youth leader who is also known as Matakweyi who is vying to be the Korogocho County Assemblyman (MCA) on an ODM ticket.
Embakasi youth leader James Masese said they settled on Igathe as it stood out as a symbol of unity in Nairobi which has people from different tribal, social and religious backgrounds .
“The main reasons we went with Polycarp was because he involved young people across tribal boundaries in his campaigns and he is the only aspirant who visited different parts of the city asking people what they wanted us to do to them while the candidates his opponents are full of themselves moving around telling us what they want us to do which for the most part doesn’t even resonate with us , they are disconnected from reality at the grassroots level, yet they pose as agents of youth empowerment,” Masese said.
Dagoretti youth leader Charles Brian Daddi said they needed a role model that doesn’t have dodgy characters, which is a bad example for young people.
“As young people in Nairobi, we will send Sakaja home so that he has enough time to return to school to complete his education and take Igathe to City Hall to work for us,” Daddi said.
Igathe, who was praised for his business and management approach in his governor’s manifesto, stressed that his administration will be “all inclusive”.
“Thank you for having this trust and for believing in me. In return, as your humble servant, I will ensure that the cries, complaints and bereavement of young people are a thing of the past and never in my administration. I will be a source of your happiness,” said Igathe.
Makadara Youth leader Rose Apur Abach called on young people to support Igathe’s candidacy, saying he had outlined in his platform how he would create jobs for them and lift young people out of poverty.
“Igathe looks authentic as he has been consistent in what he says including his story which has not been shrouded in controversy compared to rivals who we don’t trust to lead us,” said she declared.