Youth in Politics

Published by Michelle Opondo on

The Kenyan population is bursting with youth: they make up as much as 75% of the population. However, only about 6.5% are present in parliament. This raises various questions about youth inclusion in governance. At a high number of about 36 million, they should be involved in the making of various laws that affect them directly. Youth should also be at the forefront of any kind of nation-building endeavor.

This is easier said than done, of course, but it’s not impossible. As a youth, you might be wondering how best to start in the path. It’s especially hard when funds, influence, and exposure limit you. Here is the story of one youth facing such challenges. However, his love for the members of his community keeps him moving:

Meet David Andove

David Andove was born to Alex Makomere Andove and Diana Nakhumincha Nato. He is a 24-year-old Political Science and Performing Arts student at the University of Nairobi.

With an innate passion to serve, he noticed the worrying state of his community in Nge’nyilel, Uasin Gishu County. The talented youth, don’t have an avenue to showcase their talents. They would idly sit by and delve into drug abuse, among other destructive activities. After various efforts and planning, Andove hosted Inua Talanta Mtaani from 26th to 29th Dec 2020. He managed to give out several balls and jerseys for two full teams! There was also some food, referees, and sports commentator, to give the community a real feel of the football world.

Efforts and achievements like these grow into something even more meaningful in the long run. David accepts that he cannot do it on his own, and so he looks to friends and well-wishers to join him in making his community a better place. He plans to start a water project in Chebarus Village, and a cattle dip project in Chepsaita village when all he has is hope and determination.

We can all do it too

Andove’s vision is to become the MCA of Nge’nyilel ward in Turbo constituency. His dream is valid, and so is yours. Stephen Sang became the youngest senator at 28 in 2013. He further became the youngest governor in 2017 at 32. Leylah Muhandale, MCA Lumakanda Ward, was only 23. We also have John Mwirigi, Member of Parliament for Igembe South Constituency, at the young age of 23.

Youth engagement in governance is vital in securing the future of the country. Let’s strive to build the nation in any way. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.