In the general election scheduled for Tuesday next week, Mr Hillary Itela will be contesting the Busia senatorial seat on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket.
He will be up against National Resistance Movement (NRM) party OKiya Omtatah, among other candidates.
Mr Itela believes that come tuesday, his quest for an elective seat is driven by a desire to become the voice to young people who are grappling with low representation in leadership.
If elected, he plans to push for inclusivity, proper oversight and equal distribution of resources to benefit marginalised groups. he will use his experience in conceptualising, implementing, mobilising resources, monitoring and evaluating projects to ensure county projects respond to the needs of the people.
His manifesto touches on a wide range of development and social transformation issues. he plans to strengthen the Public Procurement Asset Act and ensure young people not only access the 30 per cent procurement quota but also benefit from a larger share of the allocation.
On education, Itela plans to introduce a bill that will streamline courses offered by village polytechnics to tailor them to specific county needs.
He will also be pushing for the establishment of an authority to be tasked with creating a database for all the young people in this country so that the country is able to know, for instance, the number of young people and their level of education and skills.
“This database will help us know the manpower and skills that we can tap into to help the youth who are currently grappling with unemployment.”
The aspirant notes that scores of young people have invaluable skills that have not been exploited mainly because of the absence of a database. Such a database will help national and county governments to direct interventions to the right people.
“The youth have been left out in appointments on the pretext that they lack the requisite skills and experience. But this is due to lack of a policy framework that can help guide the management of the rising levels of unemployment.
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