A group photo of conference participants at Marsabit Jirime Hotel on Monday
Representatives from Finn Church Aid (FCA), an International funded NGO that is working worldwide on humanitarian aid, development co-operation and advocacy on Monday convened a peace conference with the County government of Marsabit leadership and national government leaders like Deputy County Commissioner and county security officials.
The purpose for the gathering that involved leaders from both the county and national government, and elders was to discuss on the role of political and traditional leadership in conflict resolution and reconciliation. Finn Church Aid purposely aims at reducing inter-tribal conflicts between/among communities in collaboration with existing traditional institutions, local governance structures and local communities.
According to Ambassador, Dr. Kimmo Kiljunen who is a special representative for mediation of the Foreign Minister of Finland, unstructured peace process is one of the reasons people generally perceive as the cause for unsustainable peace process.
The epitome of the discussion held at Marsabit Jirime Hotel is to continue with the work to clarify the roles, responsibilities, opportunities and challenges of different leaders in Marsabit County, both official, traditional and opinion leaders.
In a nutshell, the main themes of the workshop were as follows; the role of traditional elders in peace building and conflict transformation, working with peace committees, politicians as ambassadors of peace and cooperation with neighboring countries.
In Kenya FCA is a member of a consortium led by ADESO implementing peace component of USAID funded project in five counties of Northern Kenya; Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa and Wajir.
Marsabit County Deputy Governor, Omar Abdi Ali who officially opened the conference said that since peace initiative(s) requires each one of us, we all need to own the peace process for its success to be realized and enjoyed by us all.
An elder from Moyale, Hussein Khadida, who is one of the 35, Moyale peace committee said that it is imperative to engage youths and women in peace initiatives/process.
Most of the Marsabit County Assembly Members attended the conference where the shared a lot regarding peace initiative within the entire county.
By the department of communication, Marsabit County