Mt. Elgon and Cheptais Leaders Peace Forum
The Commission in partnership with Bungoma County government has been supporting community dialogue processes in the Bungoma County to promote peace and cohesion among warring communities. The Commission held a leaders peace forum in a bid to identify the key driving factors of conflict in the Mt. Elgon and Cheptais areas and further developing strategies for peaceful co-existence among the communities. The forum was held in Nakuru on 30th and 31st March, 2015 and in attendance were NCIC Chaiperson, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, NCIC Vice Chairperson Commissioner Irene Wanyoike, Commissioner Dr. Joseph Nasongo, Commissioner Dr. Roba Sharamo, Commissioner Prof. Naituli Gitile and Commissioner Hon. Morris Dzoro. The County Commissioner, Bungoma, Mr. Maalim Mohamed, Bungoma Deputy Governor, Mr. Hillary Changwony, Mt Elgon M.P Hon John Serut, Hon. Fred Kapondi among other leaders were also present in the forum.
Some of the key drivers of conflict identified include poor leadership and governance, competition between national and county government, inequitable distribution of resources, land related problems, increased insecurity and allegations of the re-emergence of militia groups.
A 12 point resolution dubbed the ‘Abbey Resort Resolution’ was passed and signed by key leaders.