During an event at Harambee House Annex, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua expressed the government’s commitment to supporting and nurturing the youth to become better contributors to the nation’s development.
He assured the young Kenyans who were victorious in the Forty Under 40 Africa Awards, held in South Africa, of the government’s readiness to help them fully exploit their potential. Gachagua emphasized that Kenya has hardworking and innovative young people who deserve to be given an opportunity to thrive in their fields of expertise.
He also highlighted the government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), which aims to involve more young people in improving the nation’s economy.
Gachagua encouraged the winners to remain focused, resilient, and not be deterred by detractors. The Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza praised the awardees for being good ambassadors in their respective fields and pledged the ministry’s support to help them expand their impact in society.
The young people who scooped top awards included Gilbert Ang’ana (Capacity Building Award), Wangari Kuria (Agriculture Award), Linda Odhiambo (Education), Joan Musumba (Environment and Conservation), Isaac Mwangi (Social Enterprise and Responsible Tourism), Edwin Taka (Community Development), Elijah Nyaanga (Journalism), and Sosthen Eugine (Youth Governance).