By The COAST Newspaper Rreporter
National Cohesion and Integration Commission has appealed to Kenyans of all cadres to promote peace and harmony during and after the electioneering period.
Addressing security agencies in Mandera, National Cohesion and Integration Commission Commissioner Morris Dzoro, said there is need to coexist harmoniously if peace is to prevail amongst different communities.
Dzoro said Inter peace team should intensify their efforts in promoting the same for they have immense experience built over the years in various contexts around the world.
He challenged them to identify the root causes of conflict and design locally owned solutions for sustainable peace.
“It is against this background that the NCIC signed an MoU with Inter peace to implement a long-term process that will engage the local community in a participatory and inclusive process necessary” Dzoro said.
The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to the peace building process and advancing shared responsibility by the communities towards a peaceful and cohesive society in Mandera County.
The Main objective of the project is to identify the challenges to Peace and to develop a coordinated action plan and strategy for the peace building programme.
He said among the challenges identified by the research process was the issue of trust between communities and security agencies in the county.
“As our researchers will share, this lack of trust is a systemic issue and may not be ascribed to a specific individual” The Commissioner said
His remarks comes barely a few days after several explosions were experienced in Mandera where several people lost their lives through Improvised explosive devices set along different roads.
The Northern part of Kenya has historically suffered from marginalization in comparison with other parts of Kenya which resulting in widespread poverty, increased competition over resources and societal tensions. Intermittent conflicts have consequently been a feature of life among pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya for a long time.
Commissioner Dzoro added that the location of Mandera County at the convergence of three countries with porous borders makes it particularly prone to conflict.
“The County has experienced episodes of conflict since 1983, driven by a host of social, economic, political and regional factors.
The social factors include clan rivalries over land and other resources, tussles for clan supremacy; the existence of clan militias; and a high level of illiteracy.
Economic factors include high unemployment rates, particularly among the youth; limited access to opportunities; unequal distribution of resources; land ownership and changes in the land value system; and access to the Daua River - the only permanent fresh water source and farming belt in the County” Dzoro noted.
According to the US Department of State Mandera triangle is one of the most conflict prone areas in the world.
Most of the government officers working in areas like Mandera have greater courage given the conditions they find themselves in.
He said the Commission was currently working towards delivering a peaceful general election in the upcoming August polls.
Among the strategies it has embraced is the deployment of cohesion monitors in each county to not only monitor hate speech but also to act as early warning agents.
By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Mombasa' High Court is set to decide the fate of Diani Deputy OCS’ Ashford Karani next week after he failed to recognize an order which barred him and his officers from forcefully evicting a widow from her late husband’s house in Diani town.
The Deputy OCS who could not be reached to respond is claimed to have been compromised by certain tycoons allegedly eying properties worth millions of shillings which are currently under the custody of the widow, Mrs Ramla Azam.
The properties which include a 0.11 hectare of prime land, a bus spares, a garage and several rental shops were left under the custody of the widow by her late husband Azam Khan Abdalla Khan, a once popular businessman in Diani town. He died on 1st October, 1999.
Mr Karani had appeared before a Mombasa High Court for contempt of the order issued earlier by a Kadhi court after he led a contingent of police officers to forcefully evict the widow from a house she claims to have been left behind for her family.
The Coast Newspaper can authoritatively report that Mrs Azam, a mother of 6 children is currently leaving a miserable life together with her children in a shanty next to the house in question following the forceful eviction and takeover of her house by one of her in-laws.
It has therefore emerged that the police officers acted in cohort with one of the widow’s in-laws claimed to have strong interests in taking over the deceased properties.
However, the visibly depressed widow told The Coast Newspaper that the bragging in-law Mazar Khan and his cousin Nazir Ali Khan allegedly ganged up with some top police officers at the Diani Police Station to deny her and the children the rights to own her late husband’s properties.
“This man and his wife have subjected my children and I into arbitrary abuse of our rights to own this land and properties left behind by my late husband. You can see the misery am going through, they have already instructed my tenants to stop paying rent to me, where is justice, why are they inhuman even to a widow like me?” Mrs Azam lamented as she asked the government to intervene in here situation.
The properties have been under Mrs Azam’s custody with the help of her father in-law the late Ali Khan Rahim Khan Jindu Khan who also passed away on 24th February,2014, according to her.
She claimed that her miseries started after the death of the father in-law, a time when Mazar Abdalla Khan , a brother to her later husband started demanding that he be handed over all land ownership documents , including the power of attorney in an attempt to change and sell the piece land which has since been under Caveat.
“This man started frustrating me and my family immediately my father in-law died on 24th February, 2014. He has used the police to force me to budge to his demand but I have said no. He even took me to court with a forged title deed claiming the land belongs to him but even before the court ruling he was already here with his police officers forcing me out of my house. Now am forced to live here in this shanty without even a toilet, while he enjoys life with his wife in my own house” Mrs Azam said.
The High Court had earlier directed the Deputy OCS through an order issued in April, 2017 to protect the widow from evictions until a succession case that was before the Kadhi's court could be heard and determined.
In the succession case, the in-law is claiming total ownership of the land and the house against Mrs Azam who has also put a strong case to defend her rights of ownership of her late husband's properties under the Islamic law.
The High Court has also directed that status quo be maintained between the two parties.
Meanwhile, the in-law has gone further to demand that all tenants operating businesses in the building stop remitting rents to the widow against the court order.
In letters written to all tenants occupying shops in the building situated adjacent to the garage, Mazar Khan's lawyers had instructed that all rents payment be made to him as from June, 2017, something Mrs Azam has objected and asked her tenants to continue paying through her.
The tenants confirmed to the Coast Newspaper that they will continue to pay the rents as usual directly to Mrs Azam whom they proudly termed as a humble and caring landlady.