By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Civil Society Organizations want county governments across the country to formulate budgets geared towards peace building process.
The Civil Societies are also calling on County Governments to initiate peace building activities among different communities so as to promote peaceful coexistence between them.
Societies drawn from across the Coast Counties led by Executive Director Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) Phylis Muema said most of the peace building initiities are left in the hands of human rights crusaders while the constitution allows the counties to fund such activities.
She noted that the initiative requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders including support from the National government.
“The county governments should come up with a budget that will support the peace building process. It is habitual that most of the peace building process is left to CSOs,” she lamented
The vocal human rights activist however, urged the civil society fraternity to execute their mandate responsibly.
She noted that the aim of the civil society is to push in for an accountable, transparent all inclusive, cohesive and integrated society.
“CSOs have their responsibility as well. Mombasa has had quite a number of challenges especially the security sector” she said
Muema called on Kenyans to work closely with both levels of governments in a bid to eradicate cases of lawlessness within the county.
The activist attributed the escalating cases of insecurity in various parts of the county to the increasing unemployment levels among the youths.
“Unemployment is currently rampant in Mombasa. We are here to forge way forward on how we shall sustain our peace” Muema said
She urged the national government to come up with a proper legal framework that will effectively deal with Al-Shabaab returnees.
She vehemently called for the passing of the national rehabilitation and reintegration policy to look into the welfare of the returnees.
She further blamed the government for not developing any clear policy on Al-Shabaab returnees.
“There is no policy that deals with Al-Shabaab returnees. We ask the government to speed up the passing of the rehabilitation policy in a bid to accommodate the Al-Shabbab returnees,” she said
Meanwhile, Muslims for Human Rights Chairperson Khelef Khalifa called on the police department to execute their mandate responsibly without infringing on the rights of Kenyans.
He said the police have developed a tendency of harassing innocent Kenyans in many areas of the county.
“The role of the police is to protect Kenyans. It is unfortunate that they are the same people who infringe Kenyans in our roads” he lamented
He claimed that road blocks have become an economic hub for most of the police officers.
At the same time, Fahad Changi, a Muslim for Human Rights official attributed the emergence of criminal gangs especially in Likoni Sub County to idleness among the youths.
He however expressed concern on the sprouting of criminal gangs in Likoni who have threatened security among the locals.
“I want to commend the efforts done by the relevant stakeholders including the office of the Member of Parliament in Likoni and the deputy county commissioner for their support in combating criminal gangs,” he said
Fahad noted that due to concerted efforts by security agents and the locals the rate of crime has heavily reduced unlike the past.
“Of late there has been a reduction in the rate of crime in Likoni” he said
The Coast civil society organizations have been at the fore front in championing for the rights of locals.