Kenya General Elections: International Youth Conference Called off

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Several countries have already issued travel warnings to their citizen ahead of the Kenyan elections.

The International youth council sitting in New York City has called off the first African Youth Assembly citing the safety of delegates. The conference was scheduled to take place in Kenya on March 4th this year. However, the International youth council resolved resolved to call off the conference saying the safety of participants could not be guaranteed with the forthcoming general elections in Kenya.
Several countries have already issued travel warnings to their citizen ahead of the Kenyan elections. The previous polls were marred with violence leading to the murder of 1200 people and displacement of thousands of others. Several people including top politicians accused of fueling the Electoral violence have since been charged in the International Criminal court based in Hague. A statement from the International youth council issued on Friday morning says that the conference has been postponed for a few months, until the organizers are sure it is safe to invite participants.
Nasser Shaft Mukwaya, the national youth council executive secretary and Uganda’s representative to the International youth council has confirmed the postponement of the conference. Each African country was expected to send two representatives to the conference that was to last two weeks. It was meant to address major problems affecting African youths like high unemployment rates and HIV prevalence. A fresh report issued by Action Aid on Thursday indicates Uganda’s youth unemployment rate stands at 62% as of 2012.


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Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

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