Monday, 19 June 2017
Kenyan artists have urged politicians to desist from using the youth to foment electoral chaos
The artists spoke ahead of the release of a track dubbed JIACTIVATE later today and the
impending launch of the JIACTIVATE Youth Declaration. The artists called on political leaders to
make a commitment towards building a society that recognizes the youth as dominant
stakeholders in the nation’s future.
The artists, Nick Mutuma, Fena Gitu and Redfourth Chorus have joined an ongoing nationwide
campaign dubbed JIACTIVATE to encourage youth to actively participate in politics and lobby
for policy making that is friendly to the youth agenda.
Fena who is known such hit songs such as ‘African King’ and ‘They Don’t Know’ together with
the Redfourth Chorus will mobilize youth to be part of the movement working towards forming a
youth declaration to be presented to all political parties ahead of the elections.
“Undoubtedly, social instability and increase of crime, mainly in urban but increasingly also in
rural areas are often attributed to economic marginalization of the youth. Our quest is to build a
just and more inclusive society where the youth are dominant stakeholders in the nation’s future”
said Nick Mutuma, one of the proponents of JIACTIVATE.
Though Kenya is demographically a young nation; with 78 percent of the Kenyan population
under 35 years of age, the youth have largely remained marginalized in political decision
making and policy formulation.
Inspired by the belief that Kenya’s greatest resource is its youthful population, the musicians are
composing a song on the issues affecting young people across the country, in their quest draw
the youth into the political decision making orbit.
The song is set to be released mid June 2017 and will form part of the theme in the JIACTIVATE
campaign. "As a musician who aims at inspiring society through my music, my quest is to
encourage the youth not to resign themselves to the disempowering notion that politics is for a
chosen few. The youth can judiciously vet and elect representatives their interests at heart,” says
“The idea is to transform Kenyan youth into active ambassadors in their communities and to
encourage to shun electoral violence. Youths have to be involved and it goes beyond elections,
or forming a declaration. There must be reciprocity between the youth and the leaders we
elect,” Said Redfourth Chorus Music Chairman, Philip ‘Filah’ Tuju.
As an indication of their commitment to the campaign’s goals, young Kenyans are encouraged
to sign up on the official JIACTIVATE website page: https://jiactivate.org/ and declare their
messages about the ideal Kenya they want to see.