The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) conducted a training of Imams on radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) on 2nd May, 2019 at the Sir Ali Muslim Hall in Nairobi County. The training was attended by over fifty religious leaders and Madrassa teachers. The training was vital as it enhanced awareness and knowledge of the religious leaders on radicalization, CVE and social cohesion issues. It also provided for identification of solutions to CVE and specific contributions and challenges they face as religious leaders in countering violent extremism. The presentation was made by Sheikh Ibrahim Lithome, who was a contracted facilitator. The presentation entailed definition of radicalization and its mutation to violent extremism, its fluidity nature, nonlinear and individualization. It also captured the drivers of radicalization, challenges faced by Imams in CVE and concluded with solutions on CVE.
The commission has been focused on providing trainings on radicalization, countering violent extremism and social cohesion targeting the youth, women, religious leaders and learning institutions. It is also keen to bring about a peaceful and integrated society by using homegrown solutions.