As the country gears up to the August elections, young people are emerging to vie for various seats in different parts of the country. Emmanuel Mbelenzi, a young man aged 20-year-old is eyeing the Ukia ward MCA seat in Makueni county. He is seeking to unseat the incumbent Japheth Katumo.
In an exclusive interview with Mauvoo News, Mbelenzi explained bit by bit of his plans for the people once he is elected with a special focus on education and matters affecting women and the youth.
“I ventured into politics to try and change the situation in my home ward by being a proper legislator and voicing the people’s needs at the county assembly. I believe the youth, women, and persons with disabilities needs should be the priority. This has not been the case,” Emmanuel said.
The fourth born in a family of seven from Zumani village is a fourth-year Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology pursuing industrial Chemistry.
Despite his young age Mbelenzi noted that he is not unfazed to face his seniors at the ballot exuding confidence that he can beat the odds.
Emmanuel disclosed that he will be vying on a Wiper ticket and said he is more than ready for the party primaries in April stating that he would accept his fate If he loses and support the winner hoping they share the same plans for the community.
“The county government pursues projects that favor the mwananchi by public participation. Whatever projects people want I will fight for them to ensure they are actualized,” Emmanuel went on.
“Since childhood, I have always aspired to change my home area. The only way to do that is through leadership and I have been a leader all my life,” he added.
He called upon the youth to defy the status quo and be involved in matters affecting their future.
Furthermore, he fends off claims that he should gain experience before joining politics.
“To the youth, we have always not been serious in the decision-making processes in our country. It is time we acted and show that we are capable. We could even determine the leadership of this nation if we come out to vote in large numbers,” he concluded.