The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has in the past carried out various peace building initiatives in Nakuru County, in a bid to assist local leaders and community elders in solving disputes as well as enhancing cohesion in the region. The Commission, through the department of Peace Building and Reconciliation (PBR) honoured an invitation from Mr. John Kariimi, Nakuru’s Peace Chairman to participate in a meeting in an effort to promote peaceful co-existence of all communities.
The forum was held at the ASK show grounds in Nakuru County on Saturday 9th February, 2019 and was attended by over 200 people from the Maasai, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luo, Ogiek, Luhya, Kisii and Somali communities. Also present were council of elders representatives from the Maasai, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luo and Somali communities.
Nakuru County had been experiencing conflicts of different variations majorly caused by historical land disputes, political incitements and disputes over scarce resources, banditry and alleged regime of the National Government. The conflicts have led to many challenges: Loss of lives, destruction of property, and displacement of people over land and boarder disputes over the communities occupying Mau forest.
The objective of the forum was to promote peaceful coexistence of all communities present striving to maintain peace in the region. The Nakuru tripartite peace dialogue forum adopted a customary participatory approach whereby the mobilization of the communities was done by Nakuru County peace chairman. Each community present was given a chance to participate in the opening prayers led by the elders, while all communities present sang and danced to each other’s traditional songs as a sign of harmony and togetherness.
The Nakuru Tripartite Peace Dialogue Forum was able to promote long lasting solution to the future of peace and cohesion amongst all the communities represented.