Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has urged youth in the country to be agents of change on matters of governance.
The former CJ said youth should be at the forefront in ensuring proper leadership and equality prevails in the country that would lead to equal access to basic needs such as healthcare, good education and food.
Giving a public lecture to students of Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) at the university’s Chapel, in Meru, Mutunga urged youth to stand out against corruption which he condemned as the major practice ailing the country.
He cited individualism as one of the problems bedeviling the country leading to inaccessibility of basic services to some citizens.
Former chief justice also called on youths to help in promoting good governance. Mutunga asked for proper utilization of government resources maintaining that such a situation will enable the country make big strides.
He commended devolution noting that some places that were deemed marginalised are now being developed.
“Places such as the Northern Kenya are now feeling part of Kenya unlike before when majority wouldn’t be convinced, they were part of the country,” stated the former CJ.
He cited Makueni and Kwale as counties that have put up some landmark infrastructure for the good of the residents.
On prosecuting those accused of looting public funds, the former CJ said the concerned arms of government should read from the same script so that graft cases are expedited successfully without any compromise.
“You cannot convict someone on media reports or court of the public opinion. For any case to go through there must be clear evidence and according to the constitution suspects have to be heard before a judgement is made whether they are guilty or innocent,” said Dr. Mutunga.
KeMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Maurice Okoth lauded the forum calling on students to identify their heroes in the country and emulate them as their role models.