Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago EGH on Monday hosted elders drawn from different communities living in the county so as to discuss a variety of issues among them the need to maintain peace and unity.
During the meeting held at the county hall in Eldoret town, Mandago reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring peace and cohesion among all the comm unities that live in the county together with the Uasin Gishu County.
“We have discussed and agreed that we must continue to ensure security, peace and cohesion in this county is strengthened and as we have said before, we will ensure we remain peaceful looking forward,” Mandago said.
The Governor also revealed that the meeting reached an agreement that any Non-Government Organization seeking to do any activities in the county must go through the county government and the county commissioner to be cleared.
He also said such organizations will do their activities in close association with existing peace committees and elders at the grassroots.
Elders who attended the meeting assured that they will continue preaching peace and unity.
They also thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for quickly coming out to address concerns that had emerged over fear of renewing old wounds after the DCI said it was launching a probe into the 2007/08 post-election violence.
“We as people of Uasin Gishu, we will continue maintaining peace, unity and love, just as our leaders have also agreed to do so,” said elder Ali from the Somali community.
“This county has different communities and we have always lived in harmony. We will always push to ensure this is maintained at all costs,” added the Kalenjin Council of Elders, Uasin Gishu chairman Alex Mursi .
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara on his part said they had agreed to hold regular meetings with the elders so as to address any emerging issues that might be a threat to peace and cohesion.
“ We have assured elders on the position of the national government as far as security is concerned,” Said Kihara .
County Executive Member Education and Culture Joseph Kurgat flanked the Governor.