NYS roads projects will end North Rift con­flicts, says CS Si­cily Kar­iuki

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries And Judiciary -

Na­tional Youth Ser­vice projects will end re­source con­flicts and ban­ditry at­tacks in the North Rift by in­volv­ing youth from war­ring com­mu­ni­ties, Pub­lic Ser­vice CS Si­cily Kar­iuki has said.

They will unite youths from war­ring com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­age peace, she said on Fri­day.

The youths will con­struct se­cu­rity roads in ar­eas hit by ban­ditry at­tacks, Kar­iuki said on Fri­day.

At least 900 youths have been re­cruited to build se­cu­rity roads along the border of Marak­wet and Baringo East in ban­ditry-prone Ke­rio Val­ley for six months. The 900 Marak­wet and Pokot youths met for the first time since March, when at­tacks that claimed 17 lives broke out.

“These projects will only suc­ceed if peace is sus­tained. I want you to be agents of change,” Kar­iuki told the youth.

“You are now em­ploy­ees of the pub­lic ser­vice and your be­hav­iour must change.”

She said 1,800 more youth will be re­cruited so that at least 2,700 are en­gaged in the Ke­rio Val­ley projects. Kar­iuki launched a sim­i­lar pro­gramme in Mo­go­tio, Baringo county.

Marak­wet East MP Kan­gongo Bowen said vi­o­lence has dis­rupted de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Ke­rio Val­ley. “Where we are to­day was a bat­tle field a few weeks ago. I am cer­tain this project will fos­ter har­mony be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Bowen urged the two war­ring com­mu­ni­ties to start trad­ing in open markets in Kolowa and Tot, as they tra­di­tion­ally did be­fore March this year.

Marak­wet West MP Wil­liam Kisang urged the youth to in­ter­marry to en­hance co­he­sion be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties.

/STEPHEN RUTTO

Pub­lic Ser­vice CS Si­cily Kar­iuki (R) dur­ing the launch of NYS youth pro­gramme in Ke­rio Val­ley on Fri­day

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