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Peaceful Elections

PEACE. On August 9th, the general elections took place, and was generally peaceful regardless of apprehensions frequently stem from the fact that political parties and alliances are structured according to ethnic or regional affinities, which has led to fiercely contested and polarized past elections. Nationally, the Government, civil society organizations, and local leaders should work toward the following goals for Kenya to experience peace during the next and future general elections:

  1.  Inclusive Governance: Encouraging a more equitable distribution of power and resources, especially in conflict affected communities, amongst others by de-ethnicizing people's political inclinations.
  2. Social Cohesion: Increasing and sustaining social cohesion among communities with persistent historical and present grievances and fostering political will to implement intercommunity arrangements that deal with historical grievances and address collective livelihood and development priorities.
  3. . Sustaining peace through locally led peace infrastructures:

Prison returnees. The current population in Kenya prisons is 53, 438 prisoners. Of the number, 30,689 are convicts while 22,799 are inmates. Some of them are petty offenders who are usually released to decongest the prisons but ends up arrest because the society was yet to embrace them. To address this the Interior CS has stated that the government will mobilize chiefs and Assistant County Commissioners and the National Government Administration structure to work closely with probation officers in the prisoners' integration program.

The Government will also reach out to religious leaders and the relevant faith-based institutions to complement prisoners' integration efforts and to tap into their network of after-service programs. Civil society can also play a role in this sector of rehabilitating the ex convicts.