FECCLAHA conducts a National Youth Peace FECCLAHA National Advocacy Caravan Ahead of August Poll
FECCLAHA launched a Nations Youth Peace Advocacy Caravan in Kisumu- Kenya on the 26th July 2022 to preach peace and coexistence ahead of ahead of the country’s forthcoming general elections.
The initiative spearheaded by the youth also targeted Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi regions across which have been mapped as violence hotspots. FECCLAHA Programme Officer for Peace, Nicholas Amito said the exercise sought to sensitize political leaders, members of the public and other stakeholders on the need to embrace peace before, during and after the elections. Speaking during the commissioning of the caravan in Kisumu, Amito reminded the youth that they wield the power of being the majority in terms of the population demographics and cautioned them not to allow that power to be misused by politicians for personal gains.
“Peace begins with you as an individual and we are here to remind us of that critical role we the youth play in achieving peace or lack of it and the consequences,” he said.
The peace caravan with a clarion call ‘For My Country I Vote Peace’ was also replicated in Eldoret and Nairobi. It traversed: Kondele, Obunga and Kibuye Market in Kisumu; Langas and Kisumu Ndogo in Eldoret; Olympic and DC grounds in Kibera-Nairobi Kenya to ensure that peace prevails before, during and after the August polls.
This drew the participation of hundreds of youth from various youth peace clubs and organizations and the Kenya Scouts who marched while showcasing placards with peace messages accompanied by a band. The messages advocated for peaceful coexistence amongst locals and a word of caution that elections do not serve to divide citizens on account of their different political choices and affiliations. Additionally, the youth pledged to be agents of peace before, during and after the general elections which have been divisive and violent in the past.
The youth also made a declaration which was issued to the respective county commissioners in which they committed to amongst others: Stand in Solidarity with fellow youth in other parts of the country in their call for collaborative actions towards peace; be agents of peace before, during and after the August 9th general elections; remain accommodative and neighbourly to all other community members despite perceived political affiliations; and to revitalize the FECCLAHA YPC as platforms through which Youth Desks and engagements can be strengthened. They also urged political leaders to advocate for unity and social cohesion during their political rallies and follow due legal processes