Intersectoral leaders commissioned to combat urban violence in Nakuru, Naivasha

Fifty leaders from various sectors in Nakuru County have benefited from 3-years Place Based Leadership Program that is aimed at realizing prevention of urban violence within the major urban towns in the country.

The program that commenced in 2017 was implemented by Midrift Human Rights Network (Midrift Hurinet) in partnership with DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture with focus in Nakuru and Naivasha municipalities.

Speaking in Nakuru over the weekend during the issuance of certificates to the participants who have been through the program, Dr. Rob Worrall-Placed-based Leadership Development consultant said the collaboration is paramount in addressing the challenges facing urban towns.

“The program is about bringing various groups of people together, equipping them with skills in line with working towards urban violence prevention. So it is all about leadership in problem solving” said Dr.Worall.

Through the program, the participants (from various sectors among them health, security, Civil society and opinion leaders) have been able to understand social dynamics of urban centres.

The training forum in Nakuru and Naivasha Municipalities was also part of data collection and sharing on the same on violence in urban centres.

According to Dr.Worall, the data shared from intersectoral will also help develop a violence observatory that will be a great tool towards reduction of violence in urban towns.

He called on the participants who have gone through the program to ensure they put into practice whatever they have learnt in order to address issues urban violence.

This coming a time when the Nakuru County assembly has already adopted the urban violence Prevention policy.Dr.Worall says this is a plus to Nakuru County as far as matters urban violence prevention are concerned.

“The new Nakuru County Urban Violence Prevention policy that was adopted by the county assembly is a plus and we hope the participants of the program will now help in ensuring it is implemented” said Dr.Worall.

Similar sentiments echoed by Midrift Human Rights Network Chief Executive Officer Mr. Joseph Omondi.Omondi challenging the participants to remain focused for the task ahead of ensuring prevention of urban crimes in Nakuru and Naivasha.

“We really need to come out of our comfort zones and address issues of crime and urban violence in our county” said Omondi.

Kabazi Ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae who has also studied matters conflict resolution on his part assuring Midrift Human Rights network that as county assembly they will work closely with the CSOs to see to it that the policies are implemented.

“This blame game should end here and with the team in place we shall give you all the support needed” said Mbae.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Participants during the training.