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Mwangi Mukami retired as the President of the Children Parliament in 2002 and participated in youth-led activities organized by the Youth Agenda and The African Youth Parliament both non-governmental organizations situated in Nairobi. Mwangi Mukami felt that, although these organizations were founded with good intent, they were not representative and often did not capture the struggles of the Youth in the slums and rural Kenya. In order to solve this challenge, he sponsored an open day forum hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints to create a united front in pushing for inclusion of the youth in Policy and governance.

40 youth representatives attended the 2003 open day forum. They were drawn from each of the eight provinces in Kenya, representatives of the Students Unions, Youth Polytechnics, and Youth Groups. The youth felt that agitating for inclusion in government policy was best achieved through a united front. Mwangi shared his experiences in the Children Cabinet which led to the adoption of the Children Act.

During this forum, several proposals were made, they included:

  • The formation of an umbrella body for the youth, the organization should be youth-led and focus on issues pertaining the youth.
  • The immediate commencement of recruitment of the youth in electing representatives from the constituency to articulate grassroots issues
  • The registration of a secretariat to run the organization and facilitate the first election of National leaders
  • An interim committee to manage the organization until the elections

Mwangi Mukami was able to bring on board a team of leaders from religious...

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