Return to sender: Gen Zs reject Ruto-Raila multi-sectoral dialogue

The youth have vehemently opposed President William Ruto’s decision to involve political figures in a proposed multi-sectoral dialogue aimed at tackling issues raised by Kenyans following the recent wave of anti-government protests.

Raila and President William Ruto announced on Tuesday the talks will get underway from Monday, July 15 and run for six days until Saturday, July 20.

The team will comprise 150 multi-sectoral stakeholders to engage the youth.

“I’m happy to confirm that we had consultations and agreed that dialogue is the way forward out of the crisis that we are facing in the country,” Raila said on the steps of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre flanked by Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua and a number of leaders from government and the Opposition including Kalonzo Musyoka.

The youth have however declined to be part of the talks.

“Dear Raila Odinga, your decision today, to stand with our oppressors validated our choice of not wanting you involved in our protests from the beginning,” said the youth in a statement posted on social media.

“We will not allow you to hijack our movement to satisfy your political greed. You do not speak for us and today you have shown that you stand with the thieves and killers. We will not be silenced. We will drain the swamp with you in it. This is not business as usual,” the statement added.

Activist Boniface Mwangi who has played an active role in the GenZ led protests has called for the rejection of “handshake politics” saying they are never in the interest of the ordinary Kenyan.

“Handshake politics is the reason Kenya hasn’t progressed. The only document we need to be implemented is our Constitution in its totality. These boardroom deals will not help anyone apart from the political class. We refuse to be played,” he said.

“Now we know the enemies of progress and those who want to kill the reality of the new Kenya. Watch them play us, but don’t allow them to be played,” he said.