Lack of budgetary allocation from the National government in implementing the Countering Violent Extremism programs in counties has greatly hampered the efforts in Mombasa.
The National government is being urged to set aside funds which will assist counties to fully implement Countering Violent Extremism awareness programs in counties.
Mombasa County director Countering Violent Extremism Action Plan Munira Khamis said that with adequate funding the awareness campaigns will reach grass roots level, a situation that will increase the consciousness levels among locals.
Speaking in Mombasa Ms. Munira said that continuous public awareness and education among locals will boost the levels of awareness on matters revolving around violent extremism and terrorism among locals and especially youths.
According to Munira, despite push by the national government that all the 47 counties should come up with Countering Violent Extremism Action Plans, there is no budgetary allocation to enable counties fully implement such initiatives.
“We only depend on our county government for implementation of the action plan, we need funding for effective and progressive discharge of this action plan,” said Munira.
She said that though Mombasa County government was working closely with other partners among them human rights organisations Haki Africa, MUHURI, and other nongovernmental institutions, it requires adequate funding for fully realization of the five year CVE Action Plan.
“We are currently implementing all the 11 pillars of the Mombasa CVE among them the Education pillar, Media, Training and capacity building, the Women pillar among others,” noted Mr. Munira.
She appealed to the National government to consider funding the Mombasa Countering Violent Extremism Action Plan so as to enhance fully execution.
She also appealed to other stakeholders and international donors to support the efforts so that the young generation is dissuaded from violent extremism, terrorism and crime.