Residents of Nakuru were on Monday treated to a free Medical camp Courtesy of Uwiano Platform for Peace even as a deadlock on talks to end the ongoing strike by doctors failed to end the ongoing strike which has now entered day 92.
Addressing media during the free Medical Camp that saw hundreds of residents scanned for various health complications, Dickson Magotsi from Uwiano Platform for Peace called on the need for peaceful co-existence ahead of the August Polls.
“If there is no peace, provision of services including by government will be impossible.
There is a link between peace and development. If there is no peace, there will be no services and treatment in hospitals is one of them,” he said.
On the Devolution Conference kicking off in Nakuru County this week, Magotsi revealed that it was paramount to look at the achievements of Devolution but was quick to note that this can only be achieved when there is peace.
He added that as an organization dealing with Peace, they have a slot in the Devolution conference to emphasize on the need for peaceful co-existence.
“We are all aware that this week we have the Devolution conference in Naivasha and as Uwiano Platform for Peace we have a slot to talk on the issue of elections and peace” he said.
Magotsi added that they are also in the process of engaging youths through peace tournaments as a way of passing the message of peace to the youths who are endangered species during election period.
His sentiments were echoed by Millicent Okatch from National Cohesion and Integration Commission- a Principal member of Uwiano Platform for Peace.
“We are rallying all Kenyans starting with the common citizens to promote peace ahead of the August polls….and also the politicians let us provide policies and manifestos that do not divide Kenyans” she said.
Magotsi also took the moment to appeal to Kenyans to Kenyans to report any threats to peace by sending an SMS to the number 108.
During the Nakuru free Medical camp,Uwiano Platform for Peace partnered with the county government of Nakuru, Beyond Zero, Marie Stopes, Zambezi Hospital, Egerton University’s medical students, Evans Sunrise Medical Centre, Universities and Colleges Students Peace Association of Kenya, St. Paul’s Chapel Nairobi and Jamii Thabiti.
The Uwiano Platform for Peace is an initiative that was formed in May 2010 by the National Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management (NSC), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Peace and Development Network Trust (PeaceNet Kenya), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It has however been restructured to include other key actors such as the National Police Service (NPS), Council of Governors (CoG), and Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and Mkenya Daima within its principal partners.