By Dennis Kiambi
On 8th June 2021, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) joined UNDP Kenya and other peace stakeholders in the screening of documentaries on Kenya's 2022 General Elections at the Century Cinemax, Sarit Centre, Nairobi.
Guests watching documentaries on Kenya's 2022 General Elections at the Century Cinemax, Sarit Centre, Nairobi.
The documentaries; A Recipe for Peaceful Elections and Digital Peacebuilding: Countering Online Toxic Content in Kenya’s 2022 Elections were a celebration of Kenya’s success in conducting peaceful elections.
In his remarks during the screening, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, Mr. Stephen Jackson lauded efforts in building a strategic partnership that gave Kenya an #ElectionsBilaNoma. He added that enhanced collaboration and joint intervention towards mitigating hate speech online and offline were crucial factors for peaceful elections.
NCIC Vice Chairperson, Ms. Wambui Nyutu lauded the long-standing partnership between the UN, Government institutions and other peace actors. She said this collaboration yielded results in countering fake news, misinformation, disinformation and hate speech, tackling incitement and enhancing the Early Warning Early Response mechanism.
NCIC Vice Chairperson, Wambui Nyutu during the documentaries screening.
Representing the Principal Secretary State Department for Internal Security, PAS Ms. Anne Ng’etich said Kenya has made significant progress in strengthening peace building institutions through policy formulation and capacity building.
“While we have made significant progress in strengthening peace building institutions through policy formulation and capacity building, challenges remain due to limited capacity, perceived political bias, weak coordination and limited capacity for digital peace building and weak financing models. We are also alive to the limited resources for peacebuilding, which has further constrained the effectiveness of the existing institutional arrangements for conflict prevention,” said Ms. Ng’etich.
She concluded by reiterating the Kenya Government’s commitment to the cause for peace in the best interest of the country and future generations.
The two documentaries will be available on UN Kenya and NCIC websites and official social media platforms.