There’s an urgent need to put structures to counter violent extremism as it threatens democracy, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno has said.
Chemno says violent extremism threatens democracy, thwarts constitutional rights and has adverse effects on economic growth.
According to the DG, the root causes of violent extremism are complex, multifaceted and intertwined, and relate to the structural environment in which radicalization and possibly violent extremism can start to take hold.
Violent extremism is the product of historical, political, economic and social circumstances, including the impact of regional and global power politics.
The DG in his speech on countering violent extremism urged all stakeholders to move with speed to implement the Uasin Gishu County Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The strategy was launched in June.
Chemno cited that throughout the world, violent extremists are on the march in their quest to commit unspeakable atrocities. However, he says, the County supports efforts to ensure peace prevails, always.
“The County has put in place measures that guarantee all of the safety to move and do their businesses across the entire county without fear of being attacked or threatened by anyone,” says Chemno.
…I, therefore, urge all the public to report any case of violence to the nearest police posts so as to ensure peaceful coexistence” the DG appealed.