The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Thursday 10th December 2020 at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi took a pivotal role in leading other peace stakeholders in the launch of the Roadmap for a peaceful 2022 General Elections. The event was graced by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang'i as well as Principal Secretary, State Department of Interior, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho. The purpose of the launch was to ensure a peaceful electioneering period during the 2022 General Elections while outlining established roadblocks to peaceful elections. The Commission highlighted six roadblocks, namely: Lack of trust, Sub-Culture of Violence, Divisive and Selfish Politics, Ethnic Polarization, Untimely & Inadequate Response to Conflict and Structural Inequalities.
Speaking during the launch, Dr. Matiang’i assured NCIC that the security sector was committed to the roadmap to a peaceful 2022 elections and that it would walk the talk to ensure that the Roadmap is realized. “Surely, Kenya has come a long way. We cannot have made all of these investments we are making only to begin ruining our own country just because of our unbridled ambitions and just because some of us believe that they must be the ones to lead. It is the people of Kenya who will decide who will be their leaders, and all of us must be humble enough to live with that particular reality and move forward. We must have peaceful elections come 2022,” he said. The Cabinet Secretary described the roadmap as timely and pledged full support in its popularization. He further directed the Secretary for National Administration and the Secretary for Internal Security to jointly mobilize government administrators across the country to facilitate the Commission crisscross the country with a view to delivering on its mandate of ensuring cohesion and integration. He also challenged NCIC and other constitutional commissions and independent offices to strictly advance the implementation of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
NCIC Chairman, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, stated that the launch of the Roadmap was a culmination of one-on-one engagement with Kenyans across the country and the voices of Kenyans concerning peace in the country. “As a people we are however victims of incitement, victims of an irresponsible political class that casts us as both villains and victims in a nefarious game of political musical chairs.” He assured Kenyans that the Commission will endeavor to have a peaceful country and that the Commission would fulfil its mandate without fear or favour.
The NCIC Commission Secretary, Dr. Skitter W. Mbugua called on each Kenyan to play an individual role in preventing conflicts and urged political leaders to take responsibility when engaging the citizens and focus more on issue based politics over ethnic politics
(left) NCIC Chairman, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia and Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang'i and other guests officially Launch the Roadmap to Peaceful 2022 General Elections on December 10th, 2020 at Kenya School of Government, Nairobi
(Front Row from Left) Principal Secretary, State Department Of Interior, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang'i, NCIC Chairman, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, NCIC Commission Secretary, Dr. Skitter W. Mbugua