Peace drive launched

Sunday August 17 2008

Mary Wanjiku, a student at Khalsa Secondary

Mary Wanjiku, a student at Khalsa Secondary School, entertains guests with a poem at Heshima primary school in Nakuru during the launch of a Peace and Reconciliation volunteer scheme on Sunday. Photo/JOSEPH KIHERI 

By SIMON SIELE

Some 900 volunteers will take part in a countrywide peace and reconciliation drive in areas that were hard hit by the post-election violence.

The United Nation Volunteers is sponsoring the programme, which targets 21 districts.

UNV country coordinator Ms Annet Mpabulungi-Wakabi said in Nakuru at the launch of the project that each district chose 50 people who underwent training in conflict management.

They will counsel traumatised people, prescribe peace-building mechanisms as well as disburse relief supplies.