Elections in Kenya: in Nairobi, a disillusioned youth going through

Next August 9, Kenyans can be referred to as to the polls to elect their new president and a brand new parliament. How are they approaching this deadline? What are their expectations? In Nairobi, the place youngsters shun politics, an affiliation in Mukuru, a slum within the jap a part of the capital, tries to mobilize youngsters and organizes espresso debates each Tuesday.

From our correspondent in Nairobi,

About twenty youngsters gathered at this affiliation’s premises in Mukuru. On the agenda for dialogue: the election on August 9. Julius moderates the talk: “How many of you think your vote counts?” No one raises their hand… In Nairobi, solely 39.84% of 18-35 12 months olds are registered to vote. A lower of 5.27% in comparison with the 2017 election, in line with the Electoral Commission. Here, virtually half of the individuals intend to go to the polls on 9 August.

Daisy Abwao is one in every of them. At 25, she is voting for the second time. “It is a civic duty! You can’t change the situation if you stay at home, you don’t make a difference, she argues. Whereas a vote can tip the scales and serve to elect the leaders who will bring change to our country.”

A majority distrust among young people In the room with colored walls, worries abound: Rising costs of living, corruption or doubts about the electoral process… There is no shortage of reasons to justify fatigue in politics. Evans Iteno is old enough to vote for the first time, but this part-time dancer, half-time rabbit breeder isn’t convinced. “If their precedence was that we may eat our fill, then I would possibly think about voting. But regardless of how good their program seems to be, the politicians at all times find yourself sacrificing us, he laments. They come to see us, give us cash and depart with out fulfilling their guarantees.

A number of locations additional on, wearing a colourful t-shirt, Ben Omutiti doesn’t cover his mistrust of politicians: “The majority of the candidates are corrupt or have lawsuits going on. A minority have integrity, but their chances of winning are slim because they have no money for their campaign. And in Kenya you don’t win without money. Just today a Nairobi gubernatorial candidate came to the neighborhood without handing out money, residents called to vote for his competitor.

At 20 years old, Ben is looking for a job, like many others in the room. “Most of these young people have finished high school, but they are stuck at home. They are looking for work and cannot afford to go to university,” reports Nelson Munyiri, founder of the organizing association of cafe debates. Most of those we see going to political meetings do not go there to listen to the candidates, but for what we will give them in exchange. There is a real loss of hope in the political system.”

After two hours of debate and a number of other cups of espresso, the undecided appear not satisfied. The host cares about it. He concludes: “The future of this country will be decided by those over 35”.

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