A Call to Peaceful Elections

Remember where we have come from

In a month, Kenya will hold the first General Election under our new constitution that will usher in new governance structures. We are cognizant of our past, and especially the profound effects of the violent aftermath of the 2007 general election, which have led us to where we are today.

The chaos and violence that characterized the recent political party nominations is highly regrettable. It must not recur in the March 4th General Election. We call on the IEBC to strictly enforce the law to sustain the confidence of Kenyans.

We urge our political leaders to desist from inflammatory utterances that could incite fellow citizens to violence during the campaigns. We will hold them responsible for their actions. While individual responsibility is emphasized, we stress that political parties and party leaders must control the conduct of their supporters.

We call on Kenyans to be vigilant in the defense of their democratic rights. Vote consciously to secure the future of our country. While important, opinion polls should not be taken as conclusive indicators of the election results. It is only your vote that counts. Vote!

The youth hold the future of this country. This is the time to make the difference by choosing the right leaders. You must desist from being used as political tools of violence against each other or as agents of hate through social media. We urge you to use this platform to preach peace and influence positive change for Kenya.

Elections are important for our democratic society and the nation is bigger than each of us. There will be Kenya after March 4th 2013. Let peace reign in every heart, in every homestead and every corner of our country.


Dated: 29th January 2013

Note: In July 2012, The National Cohesion and Integrated Commission (NCIC) unveiled Cohesion and Integration Goodwill Ambassadors to complement its role in promoting unity and peaceful coexistence and inspire positive and committed action in their spheres of influence in support of NCIC’s mandate.

The NCIC established under the National Cohesion and Integration Act, 2008 is under Section 25 (j) of the Act mandated to; ‘identify and analyze factors inhibiting the attainment of harmonious relations between ethnic communities, particularly barriers to their participation in social, economic, commercial, financial, cultural and political endeavors. The Goodwill Ambassadors are Kenyans of integrity using their spheres of influence to overcome these barriers.

  a. UWIANO PLATFORM: The Commission together with the National Steering Committee on Peace building and Conflict Management (NSC), PeaceNet Kenya and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) came together to establish a Platform for Peace dubbed UWIANO. UWIANO is a Swahili word that connotes “cohesion”. However, these four Partners were not only concerned with contributing towards delivery for a Peaceful National Referendum Process, but were keen to see to it that peace building and conflict management initiatives are scaled up towards in the just concluded general elections and beyond. UWIANO therefore, is a conflict preventive strategy that provides space for a wide range of partners, actors and stakeholders to build synergy and leverage their efforts for conflict prevention and peace building in Kenya.   b. INTEGRATED PUBLIC COMPLAINTS REFERRAL MECHANISM (IPCRM):  The Commission supported the Integrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM) an initiative of the Ethics...
Development for international Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads aim is to end extreme poverty. DFID helps in tackling the global challenges including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. As a result the Commission has continued to benefit from the DFID program. Some of the key highlights of DFID include supporting media campaigns with an aim of influencing the general public to embrace tolerance in an environment with diverse beliefs that often leads to conflict. A point in case is during the just concluded elections DFID through UNDP supported tier one radio programs that targeted over six communities. As a result the Commission reached over 10 million people with tolerance messages.  
European Union (EU)
Through UNDP, the Commission has also benefitted from EU. Hence, EU has supported programs. EU funds are transmitted through UNDP. Some of the programs that include; media campaigns, sensitization, training, reconciliation and mediation forums among other key strategic programs.  
Sida Kenya
Through UNDP, the Commission has greatly benefitted from SIDA in a number of ways. Consequently, SIDA has supported programs geared towards CVE capacity building on the need for peaceful coexistence. Other programs that have been supported include strengthening of Amani (peace) clubs that have been rolled out in over 1000 schools in Kenya. As a result national values have been inculcated among school children through peace activities in peace clubs. It is important to note that all the SIDA support is channeled through UNDP.
United Nation (UN) women kenya
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides a legal framework for the government to fulfill basic rights, for the marginalize and vulnerable groups. This is in tandem with the Commission mandate hence the UN-Women has in the past supported the Commission programs geared towards Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Hence the Commission through the support of UNWomen has established a network of women in CVE in five counties namely; Lamu, Mandera, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale. These counties have been hit most by the insurgence of terrorism groups targeting innocent unengaged youth. Through this UNWomen program the Commission has reached out to the most vulnerable youth through empowering women with skills on how to identify and rehabilitate the youth who already are members.  
Unted Nation Development program (UNDP)
The Commission is a key beneficiary of the United Nation Development Programs (UNDP) in Kenya. The program aims to address poverty, inequality and exclusion in an integrated and support communities and government achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth (UNDP Kenya). To this end, the Commissions key advocacy programs have been fully supported and sponsored by this program. As a result a number of women, youth, Community Based Organization among others have been trained and sensitized of the mandate of NCIC as well as their role in ensuring a peaceful integrated society.  

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