On 21st May 2017 Kituo Cha Sheria undertook a video screening activity at Westgate Hotel in Mumias Central Ward; Mumias West Sub-County of Kakamega County.
The video screening was the first event in the ‘Uchaguzi wa Amani na Uwazi’ campaign by Kituo targeting the youth in both Kisumu and Kakamega Counties ahead of the August, 2017 general elections.
There were a total of 35 participants made up of 29 men and 6 women at the screening hall. In conducting the screening, a clip of past incidences of election violence was played to arouse discussions around incidences of political violence. Participants were then led through plenary discussions on the content of the video. The discussions delved into the place of peace in matters elections and how members of the public represented at the screening can send out messages of peace to the general public.
The screening session had representatives from the area, ranging from boda boda operators to jobless youths and individuals in the community generally associated with violent conduct. Kituo also called on the local leadership and IEBC representatives for education to share on the electoral body’s preparedness towards the upcoming General elections.
Participants raised a point of concern regarding the lack of inclusion of the youth in public participation process. Suggestions were shared on various ways of ensuring active public participation to ascertain that local youths are able to get involved in governance as espoused in Article 174 of the Constitution.
The ‘Uchaguzi wa Amani na Uwazi’ campaign by Kituo continues in the counties of Kakamega and Kisumu with radio talk shows and Neighbourhood Conversation sessions taking place in various wards.