NCIC Chairperson Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo has called on leaders to promote education as a tool for peacebuilding. Speaking during an elders’ Peace Dialogue Meeting in Rumuruti, Hon. Kaparo called on residents to invest in quality education on all levels as a tool in resolving prevalent bandit attacks in Laikipia County.
Laikipia has experienced perennial inter-ethnic violence due to scarcity of resources and political duels, leading to loss of lives and massive destruction of property. Hence, The National Cohesion and Integration Commission, led by the Commission Chairperson Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo held the Dialogue meeting in Laikipia Members’ Club Rumuruti on 29th and 30th June, 2018.
Addressing the meeting, NCIC Vice chairperson Commissioner Irene Wanyoike called on residents to embrace the cosmopolitan state of the county for peace to prosper. She encouraged women to embrace their roles as mothers of the nation and report all criminal activities to secure their homes. In attendance at the meeting, was the Commissioner Dr. Joseph Nasongo who pressed on the need for collaboration between residents from different tribes and security agencies to fight for enduring peace and cohesion in the county.
NCIC was also represented by the Commission Secretary Mr. Hassan Mohammed and Senior Programme Officer Mr. Richard Nderitu.
The meeting graced by various leaders, provided locals from Mukogodo East and West, Sosian and Segera with an avenue to heal and dialogue, pursuing harmonious relations. Laikipia North Member of Parliament Ms. Sarah Korere encouraged residents to deviate from stereotyping theft as a community affair, urging authorities to deal with individual cases of livestock theft and destruction of property.