Tuesday 24 July, Kitui. By Brian Peter
Mercy Muithi, a student of Chuka University, is all smiles today as she boards her first flight to Kigali Rwanda, thanks to Kitui County Ministry of Youth Affairs.
This is after the minister for Youth Affairs Mr Kivoto handed her a two-way flight ticket that has been fully paid for by the County Government of Kitui, in a colorful farewell luncheon held at the Premier Resort Hotel- Kitui town yesterday.
Speaking at the event, Minister Kivoto wished mercy well on her journey and challenged her to represent Kenya and Kitui County well in the Seventh African Youth Summit in Rwanda.
“The county government, through my ministry, is dedicated to ensuring that the youth of Kitui County are properly represented globally,” he said.
Mercy Muithi, a third year student at Chuka University studying criminology and security studies; had applied online to represent Kenya in the Seventh Africa Students and Youth Summit in Kigali- Rwanda. upon receiving the invitation however, Mercy Muithi; who comes from a humble background in Kwa-Mutonga,Kitui West; realized that her parents could not afford to pay for the flight. It was then she approached the county government, through the Youth Ministry for assistance.
The theme of the 7th African Students and Youth Summit is pan-Africanism: a paradigm shift towards achieving the SDGs and AU agenda 2063: the role of the youth counts. The summit is aimed at: improving understanding of the linkages between pan-Africanism and the two key development paradigms: SDGs and Agenda 2063; laying strategies to be adopted to engage young people constructively in implementation of the paradigms; connecting young people of the continent to the African Union through Pan-Africanism; among others.The summit will run from 24th to 28th of July 2018.