Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet communities have resolved to strive for peace and coexistence. Celebrating their similarities through the Tot cultural festival facilitated by NCIC, the two communities performed poignant peace songs and performed vibrant dances promising to pursue harmonious relations.
Elgeyo Marakwet and Pokot communities have been interlocked in a series of inter-ethnic conflict in competition for grazelands and river banks. The Commission has previously intervened in the conflict through a series of reconciliation meetings and eventually brokering a successful Nakuru Peace Accord, in a bid to promote ethnic harmony.
Speaking during the second day of the festival themed “Culture for Peace and Development” in Chesogoch, NCIC Director of Programs Ms. Millicent Okatch reiterated the need for communities to respect and utilize existing Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and structures. She was saddened by the sorry state of Chesogoch market, silent and deserted with traces of unresolved violent conflict.
Assistant Director Peace Building and Reconciliation Department Mr. Guyo Liban advocated for the use of culture as a tool for social integration and a source of pride to promote peace among diverse ethnic groups.
The Commission’s support and participation in the 8th edition of the Tot Inter-community Cultural Week from Monday 4th June to Saturday 9th June, was very instrumental in realization of NCIC’s mandate. The festival provided residents from a diverse background with a platform to celebrate a rich cultural heritage. The performances were held at Kabaldamet Primary School, Chesogoch market, Murkutwo and Tot World Vision grounds, culminating on Saturday at Tot Primary School grounds.