Hundreds of women in Kakamega joined the rest of Kenya on 21 May by holding a peace walk to promote and advocate for peaceful elections.
The walk, dubbed the “National Women’s Peace Walk,” was flagged off at the Kakamega County Commissioner’s Office.
Friends Church Peace Teams Coordinator Getry Agizah and field staff Peter Serete joined hundreds of participants who walked around the town carrying banners with peace messages to sensitize residents to the need to uphold peaceful campaigns during electioneering season.
Speaking to participants after the completion of the eight kilometer walk, Getry said the initiative was timely, coming at a time when campaigns are intensifying in the build-up to the August election. She implored political aspirants vying for various seats in the County to conduct their campaigns in an orderly and mature manner, devoid of chaos or inflammatory remarks.
After Getry’s comments, County Commissioner John Ondego added, “We do not want campaigns and elections that will disturb the public peace we have enjoyed for a long time in this county,” and warned that action will be taken against perpetrators of chaos.
Friends Church Peace Team will continue to hold more peace training in various Yearly Meetings as the country moves toward the 9 August polls.