Kisii governor James Ongwae dated back to history during his opening speech at Kisii Boys National School on Sunday during a ceremony to celebrate youths international day.
Ongwae who seemed to master innovation history very well said some of the successful inventions were done and are done by youths.
“But what does history tell us? Most of you would be shocked to learn that some of the inventions that have entertained, assisted and delighted people around the world were made by the youth whom we are celebrating today,” He started.
“George Westinghouse was 19 when he invented the steam engine; Blaise Pascal was 19 when he invented the calculator; Alexander Graham Bell was 18 when he invented the telephone,”
“Philo Farnsworth was 14 when he invented the television; Becky Schroener was 10 when she invented the glo-sheet,’ He posed.
“Sam Houghton was 3 years old when he invented the double-headed broom to assist his father sweep leaves from their compound. This invention made him a multi-billionaire,”
“Closer home, the invention of MPesa is Kenyan and many believe it was by a university student but since we had not created safe spaces, the true unsung hero may never be known,”
The Governor said any decision about the future, which excludes young people as thinkers and implementers, is bound to fail.
“In the words of British statesman Benjamin Disraeli, the youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity; therefore, any decision about the future, which excludes young people as thinkers and implementers, is bound to fail,” He said.
The rare occasion was grazed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“A key priority objective of my Administration is to strengthen the overall framework within which diverse youth issues will be addressed across all sectors in government,” Said the President.