Youth mount peace campaign

Three Hundred youth from areas considered as volatile in Nakuru County Sunday mounted a deliberate peace building campaign that seeks to foster integration amid diversity in political ideology among citizens in the areas.

The campaign dubbed ‘Colour Festival’ brings together youthful participants from Likia, Molo, Naivasha, Nakuru West and Njoro in a weekly colouring festival that will see participants encourage their age mates to participate in the campaign by bringing various colours and painting each other as a way of appreciating ethnic and political diversity for peaceful co-existence.

Since 1982, the areas have been rocked by spates of ethnic clashes triggered by political innuendo every election year, and often families have been displaced from their homes, resulting in loss of property and lives.

The programmes coordinator Alex Mwangi said the drive seeks to engage participants across the Countys eleven sub regions in causes that will build their resistance to abuse by selfish individuals seeking personal political interests in the areas.

The participants are keen on becoming change agents by rewriting the narrative of integration rather than division every election year, he said.

Clara Cherotich of the Peace Cop, a peace building unit in the Administration Police department said the initiative is supported by security agencies and community policing committees in the areas to use the young participants as long term advocates of peace building.

The participants who also use dance and music as common appeals of their campaign hailed the programme as relevant against the backdrop of unrelenting protests engineered by opposition politicians.

Source: Kenya News Agency