Gachagua urges youths to take up leadership roles
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged the youth in Africa to take up leadership roles so that they can drive Africa’s socio-economic development.
The second in command said the youths should steer up the economy of Africa.
Addressing the youths in Rwanda during the Youthconnekt Africa Summit, Mr Gachagua said that the youths are future leaders.
The next youth summit will be held in Nairobi in 2023.
“You are the future of this continent. You have what it takes to take this continent to the next level,” said the DP.
He also noted the youths should develop various innovations in a bid to upscale the development of Africa.
“This is a creative age. It is a tech age and innovation age. You have the ideas, ” the DP added as he challenged the youth to take up leadership positions in their countries.
“The youth make up 60 percent of Africa and you have no excuse not to occupy the leadership positions you want,” said Mr Gachagua.
He said Kenya has already made strides in giving space to the youth in leadership.
“Kenyan election showed that the youths are ready to take up leadership positions. More youths should venture into leadership positions because it will help them develop their leadership skills,” added Gachagua.
Giving an example of Kenya, the DP said that more than 33 percent of Members of Parliament are young people and they have a responsibility to push the youth agenda from inside the government.
He introduced 12 young MPs including Bomet Women Representative Linet Chepkorir ‘Toto’ who is just 24 years old to the participants of the summit.
He also commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda for being a mentor to the youth of Africa and thanked him for hosting the Youthconnekt Africa Summit for ten consecutive years.
The summit was also addressed by President Hage Geingob of Namibia and President Macky Sall of Sierra Leone.
The MPs accompanying the DP include John Paul Mwirigi, Vincent Kawaya, Joseph Lolmegit, Ken Aramat, Karungo Thangwa, Pamela Njoki, Mohamed Ali, Reuben Kiborek, Patrick Munene, Silvanus Osoro (Chief Whip) and Ndindi Nyoro.