University and College students have stepped up efforts to curve their niche in ensuring Kenya’s peace is sustained regardless of the election moods and times in Kenya.
Under their umbrella body UCSPAK (The Universities and College students Peace Association of Kenya), the body’s leader Bro. Daniel Mwita shared the strides made by students in redeeming the country’s youth image; formerly that of being hired to fan violence by politicians .
Bro. Mwita shares his thoughts to local U.N representatives.
“The past election showed that youth, especially those who’ve had opportunities in higher institutions of learning are more prepared to take up more noble roles in the country’s building .
For the first time in a long while, students were at the forefront in peace activism during and after the election and it’s a strong pointer that even in the coming repeat elections, the society will view youths and students with a newfound sense of respect.
It gives us satisfaction that indeed our peace crusades in institutions countrywide paid off.”
Speaking during the World Peace day’s commemoration held at the U.N offices in Nairobi, Bro. Mwita further implored the attendants to support and appreciate the role of the civil society in peace building in Kenya .
The engagement at the U.N-hosted event.
Attending the World Peace Day meeting initiative that brought together a host of civil society groups hosted by UWIANO Kenya at the Laico Regency Hotel, UCSPAK’s programmes coordinator Mr. Ruslan Magero stressed on the necessity of civil organizations coming out as one strong voice and cementing their role as the main peace actors in every set up.
“The unity of civil society groups not only enables sound sharing of ideas and road maps but also loudly echoes whatever resolution any single organization had. As youths, this is the way to go.”