"Stop complaining and instead stand up against bad leaders," Ban ki-Moon urges Kenyan youth
The former UN Boss urged the Kenyan youth to stand up against unjust leaders since they have unlimited power.
"Instead of complaining of what is happening around you take charge. Get organised, raise your voice and speak out. If you see injustices and unfairness, stand up," he said.
Ban ki-moon was speaking at Strathmore University where he urged youths to take charge of their destiny.
"Even if you don’t have a title or official mandate, you are still a very important part of society. The civil society members are like kings without crowns.
the former sec gen beseech the youth to stand up for themselves.
"There is no strong government that can defeat your voice," he added.
He further delved into the story of howthe Arab spring was sparked off by a young man who was fed up by brutal regime in his home country.
The former UN boss asked the government to include youths and women in activities by giving them jobs, treating them with dignity and in respect to the law.
Majority numbers of population in Africa are youths and women and therefore in Ban Ki-moon’s words indeed they have the power in their hands to change their destiny.
In Kenya for instance, as of 2016 there was an estimated population of 46.5 million, 55.1 percent of which were between the ages of 15 and 64 years old according to the Kenya national bureau of statistiscs.
What the international community can help is ensure African governments implement water tight policies which would guarantee in free and fair elections.
Second is to invest in empowerment programmes where youths and women can be educated on the importance of elections, how to stand up against social ills like corruptions and just like the Arab spring, African spring will be but inevitable.
Ban Ki-moon was speaking for the first time as private citizen and as a member of civil society movement.
This year over 12 countries in Africa alone are heading to general elections, let’s hope Ban Ki- Moon’s words will ring true and in Martin Luther’s I have a dream speech we will all sing ‘freedom at last freedom at last’
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