Youths being the energetic stage in Kenya are prone to many issues and misfortunes that put their lives at risk. The 2007 – 2008 post-election violence which saw many people dead and others displaced as a result of violence spearheaded by the ‘rigging of votes’ saw a number of youths participating in the act. The question that still runs in the minds of many is why a large portion of youths participated in the bloody act!
The trend in Kenya is that towards election time, some politicians use the youths to cause disruptions in some political rallies, ululate along the streets chanting names of the ‘politician’ and even perform some destructive acts against the opponent. This is a great challenge that the youths in Kenya where politics is the order of the day faces. Politicians who are thought to be the leaders who should condemn the act are the ones facilitating it. Whereas in some other countries the youths are considered productive and their rights respected, in Kenya, youths are used especially by the politicians as ‘tools of mass destruction!’ The question is, when will this stop?