, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 29 – The chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission Francis ole Kaparo says all efforts must be made to unite the country which largely remains divided along tribal and religious lines.
He says the current political intolerance in the country shows that Kenya is yet to achieve a cohesive society.
Addressing journalists on Monday after he was sworn in by the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Kaparo challenged the media to help tame rogue leaders who promote hatred.
“You (the media) will help us to tame people who have dangerous tongues… poisonous tongues that are worse than guns,” he appealed.
“The kind of job we are going to do is of great importance. It has its own challenges and we must work to unite Kenyans. Already signs are there that if we do not act, we might finish ourselves.”
Eight members of the commission were also sworn in.
He said for integration to be realised: “Kenyans must stop living in denial that we are a cohesive society. We have been pretending for too long… we are not.”
“We must work at it very hard in our own interest to survive.”
He said the commission intends to initiate a dialogue towards the quest across the region.
“It cannot be business as usual, we cannot continue going at each other throats,” he stated. “Those who refuse to come to the table must be forced to do so.”
The Chief Justice who also sworn in the Sports Disputes Tribunal on his part challenged the commission to perform its task as per the law saying they have a huge task to unite the country.
“We except to see dialogue, consultation, collaboration and all core values that are critical in building our nation,” he said.