The attempt by the government to craft a militia wing in the National Youth Service for purposes of 2017 elections will flop if a strategy document ‘leaked’ from CORD is anything to go by.
The document, titled ‘‘An Eye for an Eye: Degrading a Political Militia” is a sober read owing to the conclusion the opposition has made with respect to the 2017 elections and the now forgone conclusion that NYS will be extensively used by the government to intimidate voters.
Writing in a local daily, Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o has warned that Kenya has no space for paramilitaries, revisiting the case of over 4000 somali youths who were clandestinely trained as a militia force and sent to somalia to fight A shabaab only to cross over and join the terror group.
Attempts by government offer amnesty failed terrible as less than 20 youths of the thousands who were sent into Shabaab zones turned up to take the offer. Nyong’o warns that providing military skills to thousands of young Kenyans without absorbing them to disciplined forces will plunge Kenya into chaos.
“…in the event that youths have to rely on nothing other than their paramilitary training and they are not serving in the disciplined forces, this country will be in serious problems. We are all aware of the origins of Al-Shabaab in this country. We are preparing another recipe for yet another Al-Shabaab-like recurrence, only this time it will be in the service of a narrow minded elite determined to have state power without going through the competitive process of party politics” writes Nyong’o.
In a press statement, ODM Chairman John Mbadi also recently weighed on the matter.
“â€‹It is becoming clear to Kenyans that the so-called ‘new-look’ NYS, as we have been warned, is a political youth militia in the making. East and Central Africa has a horrific history with these kinds of groups. History teaches us that when governments train political paramilitary youth militias, it is a precursor to violence on a scale that we should view with trepidation and resist with the greatest determination,” he said.
We are still verifying the authenticity of document before we can use it.