By Farah Adan
Youth in the country have been urged to be in the forefront in search for solutions to challenges facing the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Speaking after hosting at State house Nairobi, a section of youths from North Eastern who walked for almost a 1000 kilometers in the trek dubbed Walk of hope, the President said the North Eastern youth had set a good example and commended them for raising awareness on the region’s predicaments.
Three of the walkers Noordin Badel Tube, Ahmedour Saleh Mohamud, Salah Mohamed Abdinoor were at state house together with a team that supported the walkers.
Conspicuously missing was however, Salah Abdi Sheikh, a lead activist that was widely credited with initiating the trek.
It was not clear why Salah was not visible at State House given the fact that he has been instrumental in the organization and successful completion of the walk.
The walk started from Tana Bridge in Garissa on June 13 and ended at Border Point 1 in Mandera town on July 18. Hundreds of local residents took part in the walk at different stages as many could not endure the tough terrain of the North especially as the trek was staged in the fasting month of Ramadhan.
In commending the youth, President Uhuru said young people have a big role to play in consolidating the country’s unity and promoting peace.
“The country’s prosperity lies in our unity and every one of us playing their part. To do that we have to shun tribalism and negative ethnicity,” the President said.
He added the youth should be brought on board and facilitated to fully participate in addressing challenges facing the North Eastern region.
While briefing the President on the Voyage, the three walkers said they spread messages of hope, tolerance and anti-radicalization in every village they visited along the road to the finishing line.
The youth were accompanied to State House by members of the North East Professional Association (NEPA) led by their Chairman, Dr. Abdirizack Arale.
Dr. Arale said the association is committed to working with the Government and the youth from the region to ensure peace and security.
He added that they supported “walk for hope” because it believes that “hopeless is a recipe for disaster”.
The meeting was also attended by the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, The President’s advisor on constitutional affairs Mr. Abdikadir Mohamed and North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh.