Meru County Women Leaders Sensitization Forums
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission recognizes women as very important stakeholders in peace-building and conflict resolution. They are every bit as capable of being good leaders in mediation as men. The Commission therefore launched a series of sensitization forums, on 13th December 2016, in Meru County targeting 600 women and youth leaders drawn from Imenti Central, Igembe North, Igembe Central, Tigania West, Tigania East and Buuri Sub-Counties. The activities were launched following a successful training of county women mediators, as links to conflict resolution within communities.
The forums were attended by NCIC Commissioners Adan Mohammed and Professor Gitile Naituli, Meru County Women Representative, Hon. Florence Kajuju, Members of Parliament and County Assembly, among other community leaders.
While speaking at Chaaria, Imenti Central Sub-County, Professor Naituli urged the residents not to allow politicians to set them against one another. “Your neighbor is not your enemy and you should also know that those people (perpetrators) are not your friends. They do not even know you. It is up to you to ensure that you don’t allow politicians to incite you against one another,” said Professor. “You should put your interest first because politicians only want to earn a living for themselves,” he added.
On his part, Commissioner Adan noted that Meru County was known as a peaceful region and had not been classified by the NCIC as one of the high risk regions for violence. He however, noted that recent violent incidences were a cause for alarm. Supporters of Governor Peter Munya and those of Senator Kiraitu Murungi had clashed during the Jamhuri celebrations. He urged the residents of Meru County to be champions of peace and make Meru County the model county for peace and cohesion.