The Nakuru West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Elmi Shaffi has cautioned political operatives from engaging in activities that inflamed ethnic animosity.
Shaffi said conflicts sparked off by political and tribal inclinations were disrupting businesses and learning in some parts of the country.
Speaking after a peace walk held in Nakuru in observance of the International Peace Day, the administrator noted that peaceful coexistence was a crucial ingredient for socio-economic progress of all civilized societies.
I call upon all of you to co-exist peacefully and disregard individuals bent on sowing seeds of discord. People should mind their own businesses and desist from interfering with their neighbours. We will take stern action against any individual promoting warlike activities and provoking inter community conflicts, asserted Shaffi
Speakers at the event also called on communities residing in Nessuit which was recently hit by ethnic skirmishes to embrace peace.
The Regional Programme Officer of Jamii Thabiti NGO, Peter Waweru condemned political leaders who were stoking ethnic embers in the region and called on security personnel to crack the whip.
The walk that was flagged off at Lake View Estate snaked through Langa-Langa before terminating at Kwa-Ronda. These are the hotspots that have previously borne the brunt of politically and ethnically instigated skirmishes.
The event, which was organized by the National government, area County Government and religious organizations in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations, was also a platform for a free medical check camp and National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) registration.
Kaptembwa Member of County Assembly Peter Kajwang urged the youth to join vocational training institutions that were being revived by the County government.
Once youths are positively engaged, there will be no room for evil schemers and politicians to misuse them into causing acts of lawlessness and violence. This will go a long way in helping this region achieve peaceful coexistence, noted the MCA.
The event comes barely weeks after scores of people were displaced in Nessuit in Njoro Sub county following skirmishes. Several schools remain unopened.
Source: Kenya News Agency