The recent happenings at Kisauni in Mombasa County have truly reflected how youth can easily be manipulated and ruined to an extent that they no longer know exactly who they are.
The insurgency of criminal gangs and juvenile criminal outfits in Kisauni is really a major setback to youth leaders and activists who have tirelessly worked to change the script.
I have been engaging with youth groups at my level as a youth leader, I have worked closely with Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir to uplift the living standards of Mvita youths, efforts that have transformed youth into self reliance generation, however, Kisauni situation remains a puzzle.
What could be the problem?
Poor parenting stands out to be the most pushing factor
Whereas the current economic situation in the country demands both parents to supplement each other in upbringing their children most parents have been extremely busy completely forgetting their roles as parents.
Parents must play their core role so as to deter their children from crime and other societal evils.
It is evident that most of these youth involved in criminal activities have simply termed education to them as ‘Useless phenomena’ we simply need to educate our children.
It is the pillar of the community, ignoring education grows a generation that suffers low reasoning capacity and lacks focus.
Parents kindly ensure your children are in school, use the available avenues in ensuring children remain in school. Poverty should never be the reason why children are denied even the basic education which is catered for by the National government.
Youths needs mentorship, guidance, fresh ideas and a hand they can hold on to.
[Mohammed Hussein-Amadoh (in blue jeans with students after an inter school debate at the bandari College. Photo/Abbas Omar].
Where are our leaders, both political and religious, we need more youth leaders and mentors, we need community leaders as well as human rights defenders, these groups play vital role in nurturing the young talents.
Anti- drug campaign
Most of these youth engage in criminal activities because they are under influence of drugs. The Executive Director Reachout Centre Trust Taib Abdulrahman will agree that drug use and crime correlate and when one is under the influence of drugs the thinking and reasoning capacity changes to suit their own needs.
Can both the National and County government focus more on this.
In holistic deliberations not only in Kisauni where a considerate number of youth are unemployed. In fact unemployment remains a major challenge to youth countrywide. This should not fuel violence and crime.
I do not believe that neither, youth are now embracing self reliance than seeking employment. In other areas youth are venturing into employing themselves why not in Mombasa? Why not within the Coast region? 17 year old boy who is yet to acquire national identity card does he really lack employment? Such youth should be in school under their parent’s care.
[One of the houses painted ‘Wakali Kwanza base’ a renowned criminal outfit that has been terrorising Kisauni residents. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
I applaud the efforts initiated by a humanitarian body Kenya Red Cross Society for initiating various youth projects in Mombasa, Mvita Legislature Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir for his Skills Mtaani initiative, Reachout Centre Trust for that anti-drug awareness campaign, Haki Africa for the recent peace initiative in Mombasa, Youth Mentor Mr. Mahmoud Noor, however more needs to be done and in unison manner .
Let’s not blame ourselves for our own creation if we are the problem then we are squarely the solution to this menace.
Let’s act now before we witness what we hate most, the killing of the backbone of the county, the youth.
[Mohammed Hussein-Amadoh is the Personal Assistant to Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir].