, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has decried deep-rooted hatred amongst Kenyan communities which is hampering unity.
Chairman Francis ole Kaparo says it is time respective communities stopped blaming others for their woes because it is part of what heightens unnecessary tensions.
“We have a lot of bitterness, communities hating one another because they probably think their miseries; their lack of development and their backwardness is a result of others having more resources than they do,” he said.
He urged all Kenyans to live in harmony and cohesion with their neighbouring communities for the sake of the country’s future.
Kaparo was speaking on Friday morning when the commission launched a five-year strategic plan that outlines how the country will be integrated.
The plan seeks to address issues of economic injustices, negative ethnicity and slow implementation of the Constitution being the major challenges that continues to hamper cohesion and integration in the country.
Other than addressing challenges, through the plan, NCIC hopes to promote national identity and values, peace building, reconciliation and integration, policy and frameworks, research and knowledge management and organisational development.
“The truth is that Kenya needs more inclusive social, political and economic processes. Although there is great hope for the achievement of cohesion and integration, there is indisputable evidence that we have a long way to go as a commission and generally as a nation,” he stated.
He assured that the commission “was committed to enhance access to its services in the new strategic dispensation.”
Among the proposal the commission has include enhancing its reach to the grassroots by engaging with community members in all areas.
Kenyans meanwhile been challenged to join hands with the commission saying, “this long journey we have to make to attain cohesion cannot be made by one traveller.”
“My clarion call is for each one of us, individually and collectively to rededicate ourselves to the realization of the goals set in this plan, which are critical building blocks to the grand objective of achieving and integration in Kenya.”