November 21st 2017

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County Coordination forum on peaceful elections in Wajir County by the Danish Demining Group

The two-day workshop brought together various representatives - including national and provincial authorities, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, Alfatah Peace Committe, Supkem, County peace forum and community leaders.

By Mohamed Gediyarriska90som@live.comWednesday, 12 Jul 2017 12:37 EAT

The Wajir County peace actors demonstrating their commitment to peaceful elcetion led by County commissioner.

The Danish Deminng Group (DDG) has implemented the county coordination forum on peaceful election in Wajir County. The Jamii Thabiti project was aimed at realiasation of peaceful elections in Wajir County through the County coordinating forum. The unveiling ceremony of the Community, interfaith, County security committee Participatory collaborative effort oriented programme on July 11, 2017 brought together several participants from different institutions including the media.

The ceremony was presided over by Mr Chelimo, the Wajir County Commissioner, who expressed commitment from the National Government to support the conducting of peaceful elections and stressed  the need for politicians to shun  misuse of their democratic rights but rather uphold  the code of conduct and requirements towards peaceful elections. He warned against hate speech and incitement. He stressed that elections come and go but the common mwananchi will forever live together.

The two-day workshop brought together various representatives - including national and provincial authorities, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, Alfatah Peace Committe, Supkem, County peace forum and community leaders. It provided substantial information on how to engage different bodies with clear roles and responsibilities in the process of conflict resolution and peace building to ensure a peaceful election in the county. The participant included IEBC, NCIC and KHRC

It was also a platform for interactive exchange on how to ensure  successful peaceful elections and administrative levels. The five month Jamii Thabiti Initiative seeks to promote the implementation of concepts of peace and avoidance of conflict  at community level to mitigate the risk boundary disputes and terror-related violence.

Wajir North and Eldas constituencies being the two sub counties that were found to be highly prone to boundary conflict and Wajir South being  prone to terror-related violence according to the conflict Dynamic analysis conducted in the different group discussions during the meeting. The forum also aimed at unlocking the potential for increased but improved concept to peace building and conflict resolution in the violence-prone sub-counties as well as the entire county.

According to the responses by the participants, especially the civil society member representatives there is need to call on the National Government to clear demarcation of the borderline between the subcounties facing the inter boundary conflicts for a permanent solution and the realization of a peaceful coexistence hence peaceful elections in the county.

Mohamed is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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