Mombasa, KENYA: A youth group calling itself ‘Vijana Pwani na Uhuru’ has been formed to drum up support for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The group was conceptualized as a grassroots youth movement from across the six Coast counties- Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana river, Lamu and Taita Taveta.
Founder and chairman Jeff Bwana on Tuesday told Baraka FM that the group with a membership of 3,000 people, seeks to break barriers resulting from decades of negative political propaganda and mis-information.
Bwana says ‘Vijana Pwani Na Uhuru’ seeks to dismantle negative ethnicity that has been the hallmark of opposition politics in Coast region, through the use of their vast innovation power, talents and skill, and has the potential of becoming influencers across the region.
“It is a team of progressive thinking youth working as President Uhuru’s campaign foot solders and is designed to uncover the potential of youths as unbound and new drivers of an ethnicity free society.” He said.
Besides campaigning for President Kenyatta, Bwana says the group will also advocate against tribalism and violence especially during this election period.
Vijana Pwani Na Uhuru, Bwana noted was alive to the fact that negative ethnicity and propaganda is a real threat and a constant constraint facing the youths as the election nears.
“Therefore the youths have the power to change these choices at any time in order to achieve more satisfactory results through supporting the President’s re-election campaign,” Bwana said.
The Coast region is widely considered an opposition stronghold and the ruling coalition continues to make every effort in making in-roads and creating a support base.