February 12, 2020 - 0 Comments

During the third MRX Sessions held at MKU Thika, Three tribers were lucky enough to get an invite to the UNDESA Youth, Peace and Security Convening held at Charter Hall, Nairobi on 17th December 2019. All thanks to a kind gesture from one of the key speakers Mr. Raphael Obonyo who awarded them for their participation in his Q&A session on matters Youth Leadership.

Leonard Kariuki, Grace Karanja and Stacy Chebet got to exchange ideas with fellow youths present on the importance of peace and why young people should be at the fore-front fighting for it.

With this in mind, the event focused on strategizing ways in which more youths can participate in peace committees because those who are there are not enough to be taken seriously. It also discussed ways in which Nairobi youths can be engaged in Peace initiatives since most of them are used by politicians to be perpetrators of war during elections in exchange of small hand-outs.

The trio got to learn how a motion is passed into a bill in the County Assembly. Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Madam Beatrice Elachi was in attendance and gave the participants an opportunity to come up with a bill and table it to her in the Chambers. This enabled them to have firsthand experience in the motion tabling and bill passing process. The Youth bill created focused on Youth Political Participation, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Unemployment.

During his presentation on the Pop- up Market and Street Vendor Bill 2013, Hon Kabiru Mbugua encouraged the youths to make themselves acquainted with the bill once it was released and even avail themselves for public participation to pass it.

Those present were in consensus that there was need to create more spaces for youths to meet and discuss peace issues, connect these spaces with key stakeholders in the county and formalize partnerships with other stakeholders in the community so as to build peace through trust & synergies.

In preparation for 2022, Youth led organizations and other key stakeholders were called upon to work on how they would trickle down Peace information to youths on ground so as to minimize losses both of life and property during the election period.

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