Kibra County Peace Forum
For the past few months, the country experienced a series of public demonstrations pushing for the disbandment of the electoral commission. The demonstrations led to loss of lives, scores of injuries and destruction of property; not to mention increased ethnic profiling and incitement to violence by a section of politicians. Kibra was one of the most affected areas, witnessing ethnic tensions and violent protests.
In order to restore peace in the area, the Commission partnered with Nairobi County Peace Forum to conduct a one day consultative and sensitisation peace and reconciliation forum targeting the youth and district peace committees. The meeting was held on 21st June, 2016 at Mchanganyiko Hall, in Makina area, Kibra. In attendance were; Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, the NCIC Chairperson, Ms. Anne Ng’etich, the Regional Coordinator for Nairobi County and a host of members of the sub-county security teams.
Political and religious intolerance, negative ethnic stereotypes, youth unemployment, and skewed development among others, were identified as the key causes of the conflicts. It was recommended that continuous peace meetings be held targeting political leaders, elders and the youth.