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‘Sitarusha mawe tena' campaign launched in Kisumu

12 December 2012, 09:49 Oduor Omondi

Over 200 artists from Kisumu County on Saturday launched a campaign drive to preach peace in the lakeside town ahead of the March 4 general elections.

The Kisumu Artist Network (KAN) launched an initiative dubbed ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena’, vowing to promote peaceful co-existence among residents.

Kisumu Artists Network is a professional performance and Visual consortium comprising of over 200 artists drawn from Kisumu county and its environs.

The initiative, sponsored by Brand Kenya, also aims at instilling entrepreneurial skills among the youth for self-reliance, a move they say will sensitize the youth against being used by self-centered politicians.

The artists erected a monument with stones at Patel flats as a sign of their commitment to the cause.

The launch commenced with a procession from Kondele into the Central Business District, and climaxed with performances by various artists at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

The initiative that has drawn artists of all genres seeks to sensitize the youth in Kisumu on the importance of long term peace and restore total calm.

Laura Jean-Louis, one of the organizers of the event, said that the initiative aims at searching for lasting peace that is a necessity for development of the town that has seen a wave of criminal activities that sparked demonstrations recently.

“This campaign is aimed at changing the horrific image of Kisumu which of late has been associated with violence and stone throwing,” Laura said.

She said they will consistently be holding such campaigns ahead and after the election.

Kisumu was among the areas worst affected by the 2007/08 post-poll skirmishes that followed the disputed General Election.


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