Mount Kenya University Students Association President Marvin Kimathi will attend the fourth annual African Students and Youth Summit in Accra, Ghana.
The Summit, whose theme is Curbing Terrorism Insurgence in Africa –Students/Youth to the Rescue will be held between July 28 and August 2, 2014. “Recent terrorist attacks, including Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre, which left more than 70 people dead, abduction of more than 270 defenseless Nigerian female students by Boko Haram and other intermittent spates of violence being committed by terrorist sects across the continent tells the story of how these hardline extremist terrorist groups are flourishing in Africa,” says an invitation letter from the All-Africa Students Union (AASU).
“These recent developments raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the AU’s counter terrorism legal instruments, including a 1999 Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, a 2002 Protocol to the Convention, and a 2004 Plan of Action.”
Mr Kimathi says AASU is aiming to mobilise the students across the continent in a joint effort to stifle the growth of these terrorist groups. “After all, it is not 50 year olds who are being recruited into these terrorist groups. It is the youth.”
The Summit will initiate the key talking points to enhance our collective understanding of the international terrorist activities and the threat they pose to Africa’s development. “Outcomes of the Summit will serve as a reference tool for policy makers and the general public to engage students and the youth as strategic partners in curbing the menace,” says Awaah Fred, Secretary General of AASU and head of the mission.