Kenyan Anglican youth to mobilize a million voters

By Joyce Mwangi
Posted Aug 9, 2012

[Anglican Church of Kenya] To mark the 50th anniversary of the Kenya Anglican Youth Organisation (KAYO), its members are launching an initiative aimed at mobilizing one million young people in Kenya to vote in the upcoming General Elections.

The youth movement of the Anglican Church in Kenya (ACK), started in 1962 by the late Bishop Obadiah Kariuki, is using its anniversary celebrations to launch the Wajibika Initiative. This youth-led program aims to reach a million young people across Kenya through extensive diocesan structures and encourage them to register and vote.

The Wajibika Initiative will also conduct other training in dioceses to empower young people to elect capable and trustworthy leaders who will contribute to the growth of a country along the lines of the reform agenda supported by the church.

The anniversary celebrations will be held during the KAYO conference at Senior Chief Koinange Girls’ High School in Kiambu from August 13-18. The youth conference plans to host at least 1,500 Anglican youth from across the nation majority of whom are aged between 18 and 28 years old.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, will be the guest of honor among other key national political leaders and dignitaries as well as ACK mission and development partners