Coastal residents cautioned ahead of 2017 general election
01 July 2016, 09:59
Mombasa - Coast residents have been urged to embrace peace and contribute to security ahead of the 2017 general election.
The Coast regional Coordinator of Women on Peace and Security Network, Khamisa Maalim Zajja appealed to women to put more effort in ensuring that their community embraces cohesion and not divisions due to political differences.
Addressing a peace and network forum in Mombasa Thursday, Khamisa who is steering the Women Network's fight for peace and security at the Coast revealed that women are in a better position to promote peace and security in the community.
She said that the forums if organized frequently will put women into real activism and equip them with knowledge that will enable them to focus more on how the Coastal region can maintain peaceful coexistence.
“We understand for many years, the region and country at large has been experiencing major political divisions which affect coexistence at grassroots but we do not want to experience that in the 2017,” she said.
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Khamisa noted that most women in the region can detect a problem that may lead to conflicts within the community but they decide to stay mum until it gets out of hand.
“As women fighting for peace and security in the region, we should not take lightly any little conflict even if it is a propaganda. Let's raise our voices to enable the community at the Coast to live in peace and harmony,” she said.
Zajja, who is also the Coast chair of groups of persons living with disabilities noted that person living with disabilities in the region are the most affected by violent eruptions and appealed to all stakeholders in the peace and security network to ensure calm.
“I am also living with disabilities but I have been able to manage and talk to the community on daily basis over the plight of persons with alternative ability. Why should my fellow women just stay mum about the situation facing the region especially during election campaigns?" posed Khamisa.
She has said that the peace and security network which involves women will conduct various peace forums in all the six counties at the Coast in a bid to avert violence especially during the political campaigns in preparations for the 2017 general election.
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