She added, “It is important that you the young show up and cast your vote; not doing so is helping the candidate you least prefer to lead. Voting is ‘not remaining silent’ regardless of the flawed system. And even in a perfect scenario, there will always be a winner and the rest. But respect for every Kenyan should be encouraged.”
The youth advocate also expressed the need for young people in Kenya “to break the chains and yokes of tribalism and stereotyping on behalf of a small group of the society.”
“Let us give a chance to persons who are not known and trust that they can serve us and not just ‘eat’ as we are accustomed to. It will take us risking for better. Let us be true Christians and love our brothers and sisters as Christ does,” she told ACI Africa August 17.
Ms. Njore expressed regret that politics in Kenya seem to be for the rich who can afford to give people handouts.
“St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that only good and virtuous men should lead. Many can agree with me that is not the case in our country and globally. And not speaking out as Christians is wrong; in fact, St. Ambrose put it down well; ‘In some cases silence is dangerous’ so looking into if a leader supports life must be a priority, my opinion as Catherine. A person who is against life at any age has no business leading at any level,” she said.
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The LVI Founder said that many youths she had engaged in conversations had lost trust in the promises that are forever not kept, a reason many stayed away from voting and vying for elective positions.
“The level of unemployment is very high,” she said, and added in reference to youth in Kenya, “Most have lost hope and turned to drugs and other vices.”
She continued still referencing the youth in Kenya, “At Linda Vijana we strive to inform them and encourage them in living virtuously, which is a hard task with all the immoral influences all around them. We really need to give more as mentors and parents as good examples, which sadly lack straight from our leadership.”
Based at Waumini House of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in Nairobi, LVI was formed in 2020 at the height of COVID-19 pandemic that saw a spike in teen pregnancies, drug use, and violence among young people who were away from learning institutions.
The organization is run by a team of experts including medical doctors, religious leaders, counselors and youth leaders who are versed with issues affecting young people and are armed with religious and scientific knowledge to address the issues.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.