Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Eugene Wamalwa has urged the ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons to expedite the process of registering and issuing of national Identity Cards so that youth can participate in the forth coming elections.
The Saboti legislator said he was concerned that over 4 million youth who have attained the required age might not participate in the coming general elections as voters.
“Over 4 million youth might be locked out of the forthcoming General Elections for lack of Identity Cards”, said Wamalwa.
He was speaking in Likuyani, Lugari Constituency in Kakamega County during a rally held at Kongoni secondary school.
Wamalwa said time is ripe for the country to have a youthful leader at the helm and giving example of France where many youth enabled the county’s new president elect Mr. Francois Hollande trounce former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
He appealed to the Kenyan youth to register in large numbers as voters so as to elect youthful leadership to take over the tools of governance after the coming general elections.
Addressing on the same issue, assistant minister for Immigration Mr. Francis Baya who was present at the function instructed all chiefs and their assistants under district officers to identify all eligible youth countrywide who do not have identity cards and assist them register for the same.
Baya promised that the government was planning to remove some of the obstacles, such the Sh.200 levy for replacement of lost IDs, in order to enable many Kenyans possess the vital document.
Wamalwa reiterated that he is still in the race for the presidency and at the same time urged the youth to unanimously throw their weight behind him when the country goes for the general elections.
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