NCIC Inducts Cohesion Monitors
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in partnership with UWIANO Principal Partners finally concluded the training of Cohesion Monitors on 14thMarch, 2017 at the Multimedia University, Nairobi. The training, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of Cohesion Monitors on peacebuilding and conflict management and providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to adequately discharge their duties, brought together 206 cohesion monitors from the 47 counties to support and contribute to the peace and security early warning and response system, ahead of the August 2017 General Elections. It built on the success of previous induction workshops of cohesion monitors that took place in the run up to the 2013 General Elections.
The NCIC recruited 109 Cohesion Monitors, two monitors per county, in order to strengthen its Early Warning and Early Response Mechanisms as well as hate speech monitoring. They are supported by other monitors deployed by UWIANO partner organisations such as: the Inter Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), Media Council of Kenya (MCK), UNDP through the National Steering committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NSC) and Peace-Net Kenya.
Presided over by the NCIC Chairperson, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, the 2-day training was an interactive convention, providing an opportunity for the monitors to learn, and network in preparation for deployment. Networking and collaboration was noted as important factors in exchanging and validating conflict and violence related information. The monitors will be required to submit to the Commission and its relevant partners, information on early warning signs of conflict and their mitigation measures. This will ensure rapid response to any identified potential triggers to violence before, during and after the General Elections.
At the end of the training, the monitors committed to a Peace and Accountability Charter to take lead in not only monitoring hate speech and other potential electoral violent triggers, but also keep peace within their communities ahead, during and after the 2017 General Elections. They also pledged to champion non-violent means of conflict resolution within the communities.