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Coast leader calls for Peace

28 February 2012, 14:35 Alloys Musyoka

Provincial Commissioner Mr. Earnest Munyi has urged leaders in the Coast Province to preach peace all over the region as general elections date nears to avoid what repeat of what happened in 2007 -2008 general elections.

He said religious leaders and political leaders should play a significant role of preaching peace amongst locals living in the Coast region.
“All leaders be they politicians or religious leaders they have a role to play in preaching peace as we wait general election so that what happened after  2007 general elections do not happen again,” he said.

The PC was addressing residents during launching of peace initiative on tree and child program at Ocean Beach in Malindi on Saturday.
The peace initiative program which was launched on Saturday under Green Friends Foundation involves children and tree planting exercise attracted six selected counties in the country.

tree planting

Among regions attended the function were Malindi in Kilifi County, Mathioya in Murang’a County, Narok North in Narok County, Eldoret East in Uasin Gish County, Embu in Embu County and Kisumu East in Kisumu County.

The Coast Provincial Commissioner was accompanied by Head of Cooperation, Canadian High Commission in Kenya Mrs. Melanie Boyd, Malindi Mayor Samson Mapinga and Malindi DC Mr. Joshua Nkanatha among others.

Mrs. Melanie Boyd the Head of cooperation in Canadian High Commission in Kenya also urged the Kenyan government to maintain peace and order in the country as the election period knock the door during the function.

She said her government (Canada) had sponsored the children and tree planting program with 4 million which will help the group preach peace amongst children and Kenyans at large as the country prepares fro general election.

If the project succeeds, Mrs. Boyd said her government will continue to sponsor the program. Mr. Munyi said following call of secession of Coast region by the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) peace and tranquility is what leaders should not shy away from as is one of the problems in Coast Province.

Munyi urged Coast people to mostly focus on developments program of the provided counties instead of being committed to unearthing undocumented facts in order to seceding Coast region.

“Here in Coast province we will lose out because when others 46 out of 47 counties in the country are planning how to utilize the national cake and inject it in developments programs when is availed in their counties after general election, people are still focusing on unearthing undocumented facts,” PC. Munyi advised.

He said that there is a need for all people to read the new constitution and understand noting that if the ingredients of the constitution are not known to Kenyans then that will automatically mean that they will lose it out as others in other regions benefits
“We will not be like other counties who will be 100 meters away if we don’t focus now on developments agendas of our counties and stop looking from where we are coming from,” he added.

The peace initiative program, Munyi said there is need for everyone in the county to support it as children from different areas of the country will be bonded together and alleviate the tribal and ethnicity boundaries which may have been there before.

Children who are being involved, he said have no tribal wall build by their parents against each other and so the program will be effective an especially to preach peace and bring Kenyans together.

“We want the program to be effective and also bring all counties of the country so that boundaries that our forefathers created can be alleviated,” he noted.

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