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NCIC scales up peace campaigns in Kakamega, Nandi borders ahead of polls

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has urged communities living along the borders to act as peace ambassadors during the August election.

NCIC commissioner Sam Kona noted that peace starts with all of us and called on residents to embrace peaceful co-existence and love one another.

 He said no tangible development could be realized in the absence of peace and stability.

“We don’t want violence during this election. We are all Kenyans irrespective of our ethnic backgrounds. Let us not entertain politicians who are spreading hate speech,” he said.

The Commissioner was speaking at Tabolwa secondary school during an engagement meeting with security teams from Nandi North and Kakamega North Sub Counties to brainstorm on how best the security agents will work with various stakeholders to ensure peaceful coexistence during and after elections.

“We have had a peace caravan in the last one week moving from market to market preaching a message of ‘Election Bila Noma. We have contracted local artists to tell the youth, women and members of the community that they will remain and keep their neighbors after the elections,” he said.

Nandi County is among counties that have been identified as highly volatile and prone to election related disturbances and NCIC acting on its mandate has heightened peace campaigns in the region to enhance peaceful coexistence.

County Commissioner Herman Shambi speaking at the same event issued a stern warning to politicians inciting locals to violence saying when found, he/ she would face full force of the law.

The administrator also appealed to the politicians within the region to embrace peace together with their followers and avoid utterances that may trigger violence.

Peace is a key pillar in development and growth. The government is ready to deal firmly with anyone inciting locals to violence. Let us preach peace and shun violence,” he said.

Nandi County Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei greeting a security officer during an engagement meeting between NCIC and security officials from Kakamega North and Nandi North Sub Counties at Tabolwa secondary school

Nandi County Senator Samsom Cherargei challenged his colleagues from political class to be the agents of peace.

“Let us not incite our people. Our clarion call should be peace and not violence because you cannot lead a country where there is no peace,” he said.

The Senator called upon NCIC to be an independent body and do their job well without fear or favour.

“We stand with you in everything you do. We will give you our support and ensure in the next government we allocate more resources in your organization to enable you do your mandate effectively,” he said.

Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei said as politicians, they are committed to ensuring they preach peace during and after elections.

“Peace starts with you and me, so we urge all those who are vying for various political seats to ensure they seek the positions peacefully,” she said.

During the event, youths from the two counties played a football match to foster peace and understanding.

Source:KNA

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