Governors in all the six Coastal Counties have been challenged to constitute peace and cohesion departments so as to tame conflicts among communities.
The Kenya Community Support Centre- KECOSCE, a peace, security and cohesion lobby working at the Coast and in Garissa said that the peace and cohesion provision is a clear mandate of the governors under the County government Act of 2012 section 30, that governors should take charge in peace and cohesion issues in their Counties.
However, according to KECOSCE’s Executive director Phyllis Muema the governors have left the critical assignments to nongovernmental organisations working on peace, security and cohesion programs in the region.
Muema said that the region in the past experienced violence, border conflicts and tribal clashes and to tame such occurrences, the governors should implement peace measures.
She said that all the six Coastal Counties being Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana river and Lamu should constitute the departments to enable locals fully participate in peace and cohesion programs.
“We should not wait for electioneering year then we start jumping up and down preaching peace, peace is never an instant process,” noted Muema.
She added, “We are currently facing border conflict between Kwale and Taita Taveta Counties also the Kauma and Chonyi communities in Kilifi County among other issues that would breach peace and coexistence, our County Chiefs should swing into action before it’s too late,” she added.
Muema revealed that the organisation is pushing for the implementation of the peace and cohesion departments within each County in the region so as to prevent violence or border conflicts.
She appealed to the Coastal governors to work closely with the organisation so that the peace departments can be fully constituted, launched and begin implementing peace programs at grassroots level.