Coast based peace lobby has initiated peace campaign to change the dignity of Kisauni.
The lobby that engages locals in peace activities across the region says if peace prevails in Kisauni locals will carry on with their daily activities without fear.
The campaign dubbed Tubadilishe hadhi ya Kisauni ‘Let’s change the dignity of Kisauni’ is being undertaken in all the areas of the Sub county where children and the community will plant trees in 10 primary schools in preparations of the United Nation International Day of peace to be marked on 21st of September.
Kenya Community Support Centre-KECOSCE Executive Director Phyllis Muema said Kisauni has faced serious security challenges that have caused a lot of fear among dwellers, a situation that should be changed.
Speaking in Mombasa, The peace activist said this years’ International Day of Peace will focus more on Kisauni.
“The situation worsened in March this year as youth gang launched series of attacks against innocent residents, we have to turn the ugly situation,” noted Ms Muema.
She said together with the community, the Organisation has reached youth, community and religious leaders in a bid to encourage them to take the lead role in restoring peace and coexistence in the area.
Ms Muema said despite various efforts by the government to restore security in the area, the efforts have been met by strong resistance with insecurity incidents soaring.
“Kisauni is densely populated with more than 600,000 dwellers, one cannot restore peace and security in a single day or by using force,” she disclosed.
Locals, investors fleeing
The peace defender noted that with the current situation where locals are fleeing the area, most of businesses and other investments have closed down.
“Kisauni is the host of many hotels and other investments in Shanzu, Bamburi, Kiembeni among other areas in the Sub county, if shaken the tourism sector in Mombasa will as well face the wrath of insecurity,” she divulged.
The peace lobby initiative is funded by the US government to implementing peace programs in Tana river, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa Counties.