Solve communal conflicts

By Paul Jimbo

The on-going implementation of the Revitalized Peace Process calls for concerted efforts among all players to ensure a lasting peace is realised in the country.

The accord signed on September 12th, 2018 seeks to ensure a lasting peace in the country through national unity.

Drafters of the accord must have considered reasons why previous peace pacts failed including challenges they faced to come up with the resolutions they tagged, “The Revitalized Peace Agreement”.

Anyone involved in the process must appreciate the fact that it is all about solution finding and that communities involved must embrace and own it for legitimate reasons.

This means that the process must be all-inclusive and be seen as people driven.

Peace implementation process is usually a delicate and sensitive affair that calls for total commitment and trust from all parties involved.

However it is important to note that ordinary citizens constitute majority of those affected by any conflict and this should translate them into majority beneficiaries.

In most cases parties to any conflict nominate their representatives who become negotiators to help them realise their expectations during the talks.

Frequent cattle raids that fuel communal conflicts should not be entertained whatsoever.

Authorities concerned should do all within their reach to solve these cattle raids because they only fuel animosity.

Instead of focussing on the great agenda of peace building, cattle raids have become the latest major source of major conflict among many rural communities.

It might be quiet difficult to disseminate peace messages if neighbouring communities continue fighting one another.

Dissemination of peace messages means helping citizens to understand the whole peace process, the impact and expected benefits.

The high number of tribal conflict cases reported over the past few months could frustrate the peace process at a time we are keen on getting it right.

Feuding communities should be made to understand that tribal conflicts emanating from cattle raids do not have a place in today’s world and only seek to antagonise rather than unite communities.

Individuals who still believe in fuelling conflicts for their selfish gains should not be allowed to disrupt the peace implementation process.

They must be told in no uncertain terms that gone are the days such approaches were used at the expense of the common good of the society.

It is very possible that enemies of peace would want to do everything within their reach to sabotage the peace process when the country is yearning for the same peace.

Full implementation of the peace process requires full commitment and trust building among parties.

It also means the same peace process must be jealously guarded from any possible sabotage efforts by individuals who do not wish us well.

Communities that still view cattle raids as a means of earning a living should be sensitised on how to engage in other economically viable ventures including farming as an alternative to the out-dated practice.

Infact, slowly they would begin to embrace farming or businesses are better avenues to livelihoods compared to the cattle raids.

The government should note that change is dynamic and it will take a while to transform the situation. The targeted groups, more so the youth must embrace the whole peace implementation process.

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