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Monday, 06 Mar 2017 15:46 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Kenyans have been challenged to be at the forefront in ensuring that the country remains peaceful before, during and after this year’s general elections. Civil society peace platform UWIANO team leader Dickson Magotsi said that every Kenyan has an individual responsibility of ensuring that the country remains peaceful during the electioneering period by shunning any form of political divisions and chaos.
Speaking in Nakuru Town during a free medical camp organized by the Uwiano, Mr Magotsi said it was necessary for Kenyans to peacefully co-exist as the country approaches the elections, and Kenyans need to understand that if there is no peace, provision of critical services including health by government will be affected.
“There is a link between peace and development. If there is no peace, there will be no services and treatment in hospitals is one of them,” said Mr Magotsi, who revealed that his organisation was working on the coordination of all peace efforts being carried out by individuals, government agencies and even private organizations.
UWIANO is engaged in conflict prevention and response as well as providing early warnings on potential and possible conflicts that can hamper peace among Kenyans. Today’s medical camp was among Uwiano initiatives which are being sued to pass across messages of peace and to urge Kenyans to be responsible in their actions and words during this election period. Mr Magotsi asked Kenyans to report any threats to peace by texting the number 108.
The director of programmes at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Millicent Okach, reminded Kenyans that elections is a one-day affair but the country will remain forever, and warned the youth against being used by politicians as cheap targets for causing violence during the electioneering period
The Uwiano Platform for Peace is an initiative that was formed in May 2010 by the National Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management (NSC), NCIC, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Peace and Development Network Trust (PeaceNet Kenya), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Platform has since been restructured to include other key actors such as the National Police Service (NPS), Council of Governors (CoG), and Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and Mkenya Daima within its principal partners.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County