Our time is over, support the Gen Z - Sonko tells senior leaders

He said that the Gen Z movement has made the country proud by ensuring the Finance Bill falls.

In Summary
  • Sonko referred to other African countries where the younger generation is in leadership and urged Kenyan politicians to do the same.
  • He said many learned young people can take up leadership roles in government while the senior leaders can provide mentorship and nurture them.

Former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has urged senior politicians to support the Gen Z movement.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
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Former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has urged senior politicians to support the Gen Z movement.

In a video seen by the Star, the former governor said time for the older generation of politicians has come to an end.

"Our time for politics is over, let us support the young generation," Sonko said.

Sonko referred to other African countries where the younger generation is in leadership and urged Kenyan politicians to do the same.

He said many learned young people can take up leadership roles in government while the senior leaders can provide mentorship and nurture them.

“We can have some of these Gen Z individuals occupy positions such as senators, MPs, and even governors and perhaps a few senior politicians at the top can nurture them,” he said.

Sonko said that the Gen Z movement has made the country proud by helping fight the 'punitive' Finance Bill, 2024.

He further pointed out his role in empowering the young people during the anti-Finance Bill protests saying that they made him proud.

“During the protests, I dispatched approximately ten ambulances and provided water to the demonstrators."

"My daughter and son were also present at the protests. This made me immensely proud of both Gen Z and Kenyans in general," he added.

Sonko also condemned the government for deploying the military against the Gen  Z protesters and for law enforcement's use of excessive force.

"I disagree with the actions that saw our children killed. That was very wrong," Sonko said.

Additionally, he urged President Ruto to take action against the officers found to have shot at protesters.

Kenya’s Gen Z have made global headlines after they stood up against the government's policy they deemed unfavourable.

Parliament’s decision to strike out contentious clauses from the Bill did little to appease the youthful group who insisted that the whole legislation be trashed.

MPs defied and passed the Bill on Tuesday, June 25 even as the young protesters roamed the streets threatening to occupy Parliament.

After the MPs passed the bill with amendments, they stormed Parliament leaving a trail of destruction.

Some of the protesters were shot dead in the process.

A day later, President William Ruto withdrew the Bill and later constituted a National Multi-Sectoral Forum to spearhead talks with the youth over the issues they raised.

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