Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH, was on Thursday installed as the patron of the Kenya Scouts Association – Uasin Gishu chapter, in a colourful event held at the Uasin Gishu County headquarters in Eldoret town.

Speaking during the event, Mandago affirmed his commitment to supporting the scouts’ movement in the county.

He described the movement as one that can help shape the future of the youths.

The Governor further directed that the scouts’ movement start being implemented at lowest level of education in the country – the early childhood development.

The main challenge we are facing today is that we are raising youths with no character and the Kenya scouts will fill that gap, as the modern parents rarely find time to help their children,” Mandago said.

“We need to have a group of young men and women that will have the capacity to take Kenya to another level,” he added.

The Governor also asked the Members of County Assemblies to consider setting aside part of the ward development funds to support the Kenya Scouts Association. Each ward gets between Sh 27million to Sh 30 million forward development kitty.

I ask the MCAs to each allocate at least Sh500,000 for scouts and that will enable as a county to have at least Sh15 million for the movement,” says the Governor.

Mandago pointed out that the investment on the scouts was long-term, and the fruits would be enjoyed in generations to come.

Mandago also said, as a patron, he would engage Members of Parliament in the county to facilitate setting up of scouts’ camps in every Sub-County.

Chief Commissioner, Kenya Scouts Association, Victor Radido, hailed the support that Governor Mandago has been giving to the movement in the county.

In a speech, Radido expressed optimism that by the county boss taking over the post of scouts’ patron in Uasin Gishu, the county will be a hub for the whole country.

“We hope that you will re-invent scouting to the grassroots and making it practical for other counties to benchmark,” he said.

According to Radido, scouting in Kenya remains the largest youth movement in Africa and 6th globally with 2.1 million boys and girls as well as over 100,0000 adults who are leaders in the movement.

This country needs a serious change of attitude in our young people. Many of those who should be setting example have abdicated their roles, the society we live in today is lacking role models, counsellors and scouting is the best option as far as attitude shaping is concerned,” he said.

Education and Social Services,County Executive, Joseph Kurgat, who attended the event said the Governor deserved to be installed as the scouts’ patron in the county as he has been supporting many of their activities.

You have been passionate about the scouts’ movement and we appreciate and you deserve this position you’re being installed,” he said.

Kurgat further said scouting is a key component in education as it contributes to developing young people in achieving their full potential, and character development.

County Secretary Edwin Bett, County Executives, CPA Julius Ruto (Finance),Eng. Gideon Birir (Roads), Eng. Nelson Maritim (Lands),Mary Njogu (Water), Samuel Yego (Agriculture) Dr. Emily Kogos (Trade), Chairlady County Public Service Board Francisca Boen, Chief Officer’s Jane Njuguna (Education), Ruth Chelashaw (Lands) and Joseph Maritim (Youths) among several county officers witnessed the installation.

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