Kitui cleric calls upon leaders to dialogue with Gen Z to avert protests

Kitui County Gospel Outreach churches Overseer Dr Bishop Isaac Kithome. Photo courtesy

Kitui County Gospel Outreach churches Overseer Dr Bishop Isaac Kithome has called upon leaders to engage the youth more in constructive conversations to avoid protests.

Speaking to Education News, Dr Kithome said serious engagements should be cascaded in all sectors and trickle down to the grassroots adding that the President did well in lending a listening ear to the youth.

“There should be serous engagements between the government and the youth. This will ensure there is inclusivity as well as accountability in the coming years to avert any protest in years to come,” he said.

“We keep praying for our nation because stability is paramount. On behalf of the entire gospel outreach church and my family, we express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and victims of just ended Gen Z demonstrations,” Kithome added.

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He lamented that learning time has been lost and disrupted in the areas where demonstrations were intense.

He appealed to the Ministry of Education if possible to allow extra tuition in the affected areas to enable learners recover the lost time.

He also called upon the government to consider catering for the burial expenses of those who lost their lives in protests. And compensate the bereaved families since some of those who died were their only hope.

“It’s the saddest thing to lose a young person. All life is precious but if you lose an old man, you have lost one person. But when you lose a young man, you have lost a whole family, killed dreams and buried visions and great destinies,” Kithome added.

He added that he strongly believes that the leaders have learnt their lessons, so that in future they should learn to listen and read the mood of the citizens.

By Lydia Ngoolo

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