PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE PEACE AND COHESION IN THE COUNTRY
August 19, 2021, Nairobi, Kenya:- The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has inked an agreement with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on long term strategic partnership and collaboration for joint advocacy activities in the promotion of peace, social cohesion and peace building.
Drawing from their mandates both organizations have mapped out the key areas of partnership which will transcend the electioneering period in the country. Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony, NACADA Chief Executive Officer, Victor Okioma, underscored the need for concerted effort in the fight against substance use and abuse as one of the triggers of instability.
“Research the world over shows that alcohol and drugs are outright aggravating factors for conflict and disorder hence curtailing the principle of cohesion and social integration. As the country readies itself for the general election next year, it is important for those of us involved in advocacy to focus our energies on addressing the issues threatening lack of peace before, during and after the polls. It is for this reason that we are formally joining hands with NCIC in this noble endeavor,” said Okioma.
Speaking during the same event the Chairman of the NCIC Commission Reverend Dr. Samuel Kobia highlighted the NCIC’s mandate as the key pillar in activities geared towards rallying the country towards nationalism.
“All our activities are hinged on the promotion of national unity, equity and the elimination of all forms of ethnic discrimination by facilitating equality of opportunities, peaceful resolution of conflicts and respect for diversity among Kenyan communities. It is for this reason that we are reaching out to like-minded partners like NACADA with a view to ensuring that we adopt a common approach to the issues inhibiting achievement of this vision. Drugs and other substances of abuse have continually been flagged as some of the reasons why youth engage in conflict which eventually undermines harmony and social cohesion. We are proud of this and commit our support to the engagement and look forward to working with our counterparts with a view to promoting peace in the country,” added Kobia.
Among some of the areas that the two organizations will collaborate in include carrying out joint select community outreach activities, promotion of media-based alcohol and drug abuse and peace advocacy campaigns as well as undertaking joint research activities to inform strategy and policy.
The Commission recently launched a roadmap to a violence free 2022 election whose overall objective is to set the agenda and needed direction for all peace actors to make adequate preparations for a peaceful electoral process.