At least 600 street people in Nakuru have acquired national identity cards which allows them to register as voters and participate in this year’s general elections.

Out of this number, 280 have already registered as voters while the others are being mobilized to be enlisted before the close of the exercise.

Speaking to KNA in Nakuru, their chairman Geoffrey Esebwe said  street people have embarked on the exercise  to be able to take part in the decision making process in the country.

He noted that many organizations fighting for improved welfare for the disadvantaged in society, had representation in various decision making bodies such as county assemblies, trade unions and parliament, yet the street families had no form of representation.

He said he had undertaken to fight for political office so as to represent the interests of the street families.

Esebwe declared that he would be seeking the position of an MCA in Nandi County which is his birth place saying that the competition in Nakuru was too high and with heavy financial stakes.

He added that he was free to contest in any part of the country as street families are spread across the country.

He said he was counting on people of goodwill and those who believe in the course he was fighting for to help him conduct campaigns.

Esebwe, who is a reformed street boy, said that his life had changed because some people had helped him and thus his commitment to ensure others are taken off the streets.

The issue of street children is a major concern to many counties and Nakuru is no exception. According to Esebwe, the town has over 3,500 street people.

 

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