A section of the civil society wants the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to be disbanded for allegedly failing to promote national unity among Kenyans.
In a joint statement to newsrooms yesterday, the Technical Working Group on National Values, Governance, the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium said that the commission chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo and his nine commissioners should vacate office for failing to unify and integrate Kenyans into a cohesive society guided by national values.
“Kenyans continue to lose lives as others seek refuge. A recent situation being in Baringo, where people continue to die even as the government has deployed a contingent of police and KDF,” Suba Churchill said in the state of the nation address statement signed on behalf of other 16 civil society groups.
Mr Churchill noted that the Francis Ole Kaparo led commission had not adequately addressed the principles of governance contained in Article 10 of the Constitution.
He said causes of ethnic discrimination, negative ethnicity, perceptions of discrimination, unequal distribution of resources and opportunities are yet to be realised by the commission.
“We demand that the chairman of NCIC leave office since he has failed in his duties. The NCIC remains unable to rein in hatemongers, deal with ethnic balkanisation in public institutions and politics,” the civil society groups said.
NCIC is chaired by Hon. Francis Xavier Ole Kaparo and he is deputised by Irene Njeri Wanyoike.
Other commissioners includes Dr. Roba D. Sharamo, Dr. Joseph Wamocha Nasongo, Morris Dzoro, Prof. Gitile J. Naituli, Adan Abdi Mohammed and Belinda Akoth Ochiel.
The commission core mandate is Kenyans to be mobilized, sensitized, trained and educated about non-violent conflict resolution processes as well as peace building initiatives that appreciate human dignity.
However, the civil groups says that the commission had terribly failed and encouraged hate mongering. They said Kaparo and his team were let down and do deserve to be in office.
In his defence, Kaparo while presiding over the induction ceremony of the peace monitors who will use the cameras to record politicians across the 47 counties defended the commission against the allegations that it had failed Kenyans.
According to Kaparo, despite several setbacks they have been able to net war mongers but they are always acquitted by the courts for failure of evidence.
“Though we haven’t had much progress on hatemongers, this can’t be blamed on us, but the courts,” the chair said.
He said since they assume office in 2014, the commission has realised a lot in taming hostilities among communities.
“We have been able to intervene in communal conflicts in Mandera, Marsabit, and Isiolo,even solved border disputes in parts of the Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza. It’s unfair to say we have failed,” he said.
Further, Kaparo warned that as the country goes to the elections, there will no more room for war mongers.
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