NAKURU, Kenya 10th February 15 – County Government of Nakuru will partner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission with a view to sustain youths, women and elders peace forums as a way to mitigate any conflicts arising before national elections.
Speaking in the Nakuru County deputy governor’s office the commission vice chairperson Ms. Irene Wanyoike has said that the use of such organized forums has proved to be a major way of dealing with conflicts arising from politics, land and other matters thus the need to nurture and support them.
While presenting a report on a survey carried on peace status in Nakuru county, Ms. Wanyoike noted that peace process is a continuous thus the need to keep monitoring it especially in Nakuru which is a cosmopolitan county.
She observed that the use of ex-service men and women in the Nyumba Kumi project should be introduced and embraced as a peace measure.
On his part the Nakuru county deputy governor Joseph Ruto embraced the NCIC move terming it as an important tool towards reconciliation.
He however noted that land issue is still a major challenge in peace building in the county and called on the commission to partner with the county government in facilitating officers in peace and reconciliation process especially in areas of Narasha and Mai-Mahiu in Naivasha.
Ruto also added that the executive in Nakuru County are working on equitable resource sharing as a peace building agent.
Linda Ochiel, a commissioner with the NCIC called on the Nakuru County government to have a peace budget through the directorate of peace.
She noted that Mau evictees and other internal IDP’s should also get trauma cancelling through a partnership that the commission will organize with the county government.
Present also at the meeting was County Secretary Joseph Motari, Nakuru County Public Service Board members led by Chairman Dr. Waithanji Mutiti among other executies from the county.