Home Opinion How Kenyans Below 30 should vote in 2017.Lesson from BREXIT Referendum

How Kenyans Below 30 should vote in 2017.Lesson from BREXIT Referendum


The UK is leaving the European Union. David Cameron is also leaving 10 downing street. The UKs highest ranking official in the EU is reported to have resigned and the effects are being felt across the globe in different economies. Experts say things won’t be the same in Europe. A report by research company ecr says:

this also means that many banks will have to move their headquarters elsewhere in Europe. The same applies to many multinationals.

Younger people voted to remain in the European Union. But the older generation had their say in the just conclude BREXIT referendum. Media has gone frenzy and even the lucrative soccer business may be affected. There are reports that some clubs in Britain may face challenges in the coming transfer window.


This is where my African and Kenyan problem starts. I’m not sure of how Kenyans will vote in 2017 but certainly young people will have a say. Just look at the above statistic and voting pattern. Most young people had a one voice same to the old folks. It was youth vs old.

Numbers Will decide the next Kenyan President as usual

Young people in Britain overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU but old folks said no. The statistics above show me one thing; UK has an ageing population that is able to dictate how the country should be run. Their numbers simply gave them what they wanted. Those aged above 45 and more than those below 30.

Africa has a rather different scenario. Africa has more people aged below 20 than anywhere in the world. 29th January 2014 on BBC website. Some researchers feel this is a risk while others feel that its a good thing, especially in terms of labor force and productivity in future. For Kenya in particular, young people form the voting block in this country and we need to take charge in making our voice loud enough.

Violence doesn’t reverse vote outcome.

Thousands of young people are obviously disappointed with the outcome. It may take more time to process visas to travel across Europe in the coming months. As much as this is viewed as a milestone for the opposition in the UK, those who lost did have not resorted to forcing others, who had numbers, in to the union they never liked. They have to live with it.