The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has called on politicians to shun utterances that might divide the nation.
Speaking in Nakuru on Friday after holding a three-day meeting with representatives of various communities from perenial conflict-prone areas of Njoro and Molo subcounties, NCIC commissioners said the politicians should also focus on uniting the country.
“As a commission we want to urge political class to shun utterances that might incite communities” said Commissioner Abdulaziz Farah.
This even as the commission continues to engage communities on finding a lasting solution to perennial conflicts in Njoro and Molo sub counties of Nakuru County.
According to NCIC, the multi-agency task-force that was formed to look into the perennial conflicts touching on land in Njoro-Molo will come out with recommendations that will help the residents of the area.
“We have been here for 3 days engaging the elders from Communities. We are optimistic that we shall find a lasting solution in Njoro-Molo perennial conflicts.
The Commissioner at the same time weighing in on the ongoing political heat about the Building Bridges Initiative.
Farah stated that BBI should stand for peace rather than dividing Kenyans.
He added that the Commission is concerned on the possible referendum and the 2022 succession politics.
Already NCIC has mapped political hotspots towards 2022 succession politics which include Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi.
The Commission has commenced community engagements to ensure no political conflicts towards 2022.
“If we start engaging various communities in mapped political hotspot areas then we shall be able to cool down the temperatures and that is what we are doing as a Commission” said Commissioner Farah.
The Commission revealed that integration cannot be left to NCIC alone and that is why as a commission, they have changed approach and are now working with all other agencies to cohesive nation.
On his part Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui reiterated the need to continue engaging communities in conflict- prone areas in finding amicable solutions.
Mbui noted that Njoro- Molo areas have had long time grievances around land ownership-an issue he says will be of past following government’s commitment
“Long time grievances in Njoro and Mariashoni is the issue of land and ownership. The earlier meetings, we have seen the locals are for the ongoing government program to ascertain the true boundaries.We hope the meeting will be able to find a lasting solution” said Mbui.
The County Commissioner once again called on Nakuru residents to ensure peaceful co-existence.
“It’s wrong to victimize anyone due to the stand they hold be it political or ideological. Locals should only agitate for Development” said Mbui.
Nessuit-Mariashoni peace meeting pushed to Wednesday, says RC Natembeya
Mr Natembeya said the government would use the baraza on Wednesday to launch a fresh census of the communities in the Eastern Mau Forest Bloc to regularize their settlement.
A public peacebuilding baraza scheduled for today at Nessuit in Njoro sub-County has been postponed, Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has announced.
He said the government pushed the meeting to Wednesday as all the regional security and administration heads would attend the national COVID-19 conference in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected to address the nation on what steps and measures the government will put in place to re-open the country.
A week ago, the government formed a multi-agency team to find a lasting solution to the perennial land conflicts pitting Ogiek, Kipsigis and Tugen communities in Njoro and Molo sub-Counties.
The team has representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Lands and Environment and affected communities and is expected to settle the dispute by December 12.
Under the agreement, the Ogieks as per a court ruling will be allocated one block of the land while members of the other two communities will get individual title deeds of their parcels of land.
“The government will use the baraza on Wednesday to launch a fresh census of the communities in the Eastern Mau Forest Bloc to regularize their settlement,” stated Mr Natembeya.
The Ogiek community will be allocated one block of the land while members of the other two communities will get individual title deeds of their parcels of land.
Former Molo MP Jacob Macharia to reclaim seat in 2022
Others proposed to vie for the seat are Ms Beatrice Nyawira currently serving as the Director of Political Affairs at the County Government of Nakuru.
The 2022 Molo parliamentary seat contest is headed for a major showdown after former MP Jacob Macharia announced a ‘major’ comeback.
In the 2017 general elections, Mr Macharia vying as an independent candidate garnered 15,631 votes losing to incumbent Kuria Kimani of Jubilee who took home 39,095 votes.
Immediately after the loss, Mr Macharia took to social media to congratulate Mr Kimani urging locals to support him to serve and realize the Molo constituency’s dream.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him a non – official director at the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, a position he has used to drill several water boreholes in the constituency.
Early today, he reminded his constituents that it was exactly 3 years since his term of service as Molo MP ended and ‘proceeded to a midterm break’.
“It’s also an opportune time to officially state that l will be contesting for the Molo parliamentary seat again in the 2022 general elections,” he stated on a Facebook post.
He at the same time asked locals to continue supporting the current MP, “Meanwhile, let’s continue making our motherland great at all times. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER.”
Ms Beatrice Nyawira currently serving as the Director of Political Affairs at the County Government of Nakuru is said to be eyeing the seat.
Ms Myawira served as a nominated Councillor in the larger Njoro Constituency from 2007 to 2013 and later Molo Constituency from 2013 to 2017.
Also set to make a comeback is Maryann Njambi who garnered 1,810 votes in the 2017 elections under the Kenya African National Union- KANU ticket.
Chiefs, politician arrested for role in Njoro, Molo deadly ethnic clashes
Allegedly, the Ogiek community sold parcels of land to the Kipsigis community and ventured into forest activities. Recent Mau Forest Forest Block evictions rendered Ogieks squatters and want their land back.
Provincial administrators and politicians are among the 16 people in custody in connection with the deadly inter-ethnic clashes in Molo and Njoro sub-counties.
According to Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mr George Natembeya, the suspects will appear in court tomorrow to face murder, arson, assault and incitement to war charges.
He said the inter-ethnic war between Ogiek and Kipsigis communities has left 5 people dead, 83 injured and 40 admitted in various hospitals in Nakuru County.
He revealed that 198 houses have been torched and over 3,000 people from 10 villages displaced and are camping at Nessuit, Misegegkwa and Ainaptich Primary schools.
The government has deployed a heavy contingent of police officers to quell the conflict but Mr Natembeya says maize farms are posing a major surveillance challenge.
Allegedly, the Ogiek community years ago sold parcels of land to the Kipsigis community and ventured into forest activities. Recent Eastern Mau Forest Block evictions rendered Ogieks squatters and now want their land back.
“We have had meetings with officials from the Kenya Forest Services, National Land Commission and the Ministry of Land to find a solution on the perennial settlement conflict,” he stated.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui earlier in the day said land and its ownership in Njoro and Molo sub-Counties remains a very emotive issue and should be handled with greater sensitivity.
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