By Maurice Alal
Research on security conducted in Muhoroni, Kisumu county indicates the youth's involvement in crime. The research by Uraia, an NGO and police show the youth's involvement in cattle rustling.
The report cites unemployment among the youth as the major reason for their participation in criminal activities. The research conducted in Muhoroni and Nandi sub counties recommends that youths should be engaged in development activities.
County representative for Chemelil ward Joseph Osano said the research was conducted in July and August. He was speaking on Monday at God Abuoro village in Muhoroni.
Osano said the research focussed on reasons behind cattle rustling and solutions. He said youths should engage in development initiatives to improve their incomes.
Osano asked the local residents to embrace community policing to fight cattle rustling. "We need to work with police for our safety. Parents should stop protecting children who are involved in criminal acts,” he said.
He asked the youths to apply for bank loans to enable them start up small scale businesses. "Lack of job opportunities has been blamed for the youths engaging in criminal activities in the region," Osano said.
He said a free and secured society is for the government to invest in its youths who are believed to be the strength of every economy.
Osano told the county governments to establish a youth databank to help develop policies and services geared for young people.
He appealed to the government to address the social, economic and security challenges facing the youth to eradicate poverty.
Osano said peace forums have been organised in prone areas with peace ambassadors appointed to work with the communities to ensure co-exist peacefully.