NCIC forges partnerships with the Matatu Welfare Association
Since its establishment, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has continuously engaged with non-state actors in an effort to prevent conflicts and promote national cohesion, with interventions focusing on resolving the contentious issues through social mobilization, messaging and engagement with formal and informal groups.
It is in this respect that the Commission sought to engage with members of the Matatu Welfare Association so as to forge workable partnerships for promoting peaceful coexistence in all parts of the country, in a consultative meeting held on 17th February 2017 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel.
While speaking at the event, the NCIC Vice Chairperson and Commissioner Irene Wanyoike challenged the participants to rise up and make a commitment to the service of the country. “Let’s not ask what the government can do for us, we should ask what we can do for ourselves: Nchi ni yetu, watoto ni wetu na watoto wa watoto wetu,” She said. She noted that the private sector had a great role in uniting Kenyans and that ignoring the matatu industry would be the greatest loss to the nation in the field of peace-building. She added that politicians are selfish and should not be given chance to incite members of the public through deeds and utterances. She challenged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to take the advantage of the partnership opportunity and work in conjunction with the Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) through their employees across the country in sharing peace messages.
On his part, Mr. Dickson Mbugua- Chairperson, MWA- noted that the Association has the potential of adequately supporting the NCIC through a free platform for sharing peace messages. It was agreed that the members of the association who did not attend the meeting be sensitised on the need to avoid engaging in political confrontations especially along tribal lines.
Commissioner Dr. Nasongo recounted the 2007/2008 General Election experience that was characterised by violence. He challenged everyone to learn from the traumatising experiences that ordinary Kenyans went though. He urged everyone to look beyond elections, because there was more to life after than it. He recognised the role of the transport industry as a key target for peace and pledged his support to the collaborative initiative between the NCIC and the MWA.