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Kericho not a v******e hotspot, administrator says

Thursday, March 24th, 2022 06:00 | By
Kericho County Commissioner Karungo Kamau. PHOTO/KNA

Kericho County Commissioner Kamau Karungo has assured residents that proper strategies have been put in place to mitigate any possible ethnic tension that may arise during the electioneering period.

Karungo (pictured) has also dismissed claims that Kericho could be a violence hotspot.

Speaking yesterday at a public peace sensitisation forum organised by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in Kericho town, Karungo urged residents to stay put and not to migrate to their rural homes for purported fear of violence during the electioneering period.

“We should demystify the notion that Kericho is a hotspot for violence every election year. We are peaceful people and we will continue to co-exist peacefully and so politicians should not divide us during electioneering period,” said Karungo.

Political shell

He, however, noted that the government was keen on sensitising residents on peaceful coexistence in areas deemed as potential hotspots within the county including Sondu, Muhoroni, Nyagacho and Fort Ternan. “We will ensure safety and security of all residents and guarantee they exercise their democratic rights during August polls,” he said.

Commissioner further clarified that every ward within the county has a police station headed by an OCS to beef up security.

NCIC Assistant Director Kilian Nyambu said the commission will continue to hold dialogues with various stakeholders including political leaders, business people, religious groups among others in an effort to foster peace and abate possible tensions.

“We are determined to spread the message of peace and sensitise the public on the importance of cohesion and unity to ensure this year, no violence will be experienced,” said Nyambu.

Forum that comprised youth, women and elders was characterised by compulsive speeches from different speakers, who emphasised the need to build a consensus on the role of youth and elders in ensuring transformative leadership for a violence-free election.

–KNA

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