Nakuru County Assembly has passed a motion that seeks to manage violence.
The MCAs said the passing of the Nakuru County Violence Prevention Policy has come at a time when Nakuru is about to attain a city status.
The policy tabled in the House on June 26, 2019 by Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja, aims at monitoring, reducing and evaluating rates and trends of violence in the cosmopolitan devolved unit.
This will be done though inter-sectorial dialogue, collaborations and promotion of trust between the citizens and the police.
Nakuru was the epicentre of the 2007/2008 post-election violence. A commission of inquiry into the violence report indicated that out of the 1,133 people who died, 213 deaths occurred in the county.
The report also revealed that of the 3,561 injuries documented, 1,341 occurred in Nakuru.
According to the policy, improved data collection, analysis and sharing among stakeholders as well as the fast response mechanisms, could counter violence.
Nominated MCA Rose Gathoni Njoroge said: “This is the best policy to counter perennial violence in our county and if implemented, Nakuru will shed its violence tag and attract investors.”
She called on the executive to ensure it factors the policy in its next financial estimates.
“When we have peaceful environment, this will translate into good investment returns. The county will increase its revenue streams as local investors will expand their businesses,” said Ms Gathoni.
Viwandani Ward Rep Erick Gichuki Kariuki said: “If the policy is implemented, the level of cohesion in the county’s 11 sub counties will increase.”
Turi MCA John Mwangi Macharia said his ward had been hit hard by insecurity, and businesses were forced to close by 6pm.
Lare MCA Philip Wanjohi said the document will also address poverty. “Violence has robbed bread winners of the opportunity to fend for their families, this has increased the poverty levels,” said Mr Wanjohi.
Biashara Ward (Naivasha) MCA Joel Karuri said the policy will tackle some of the land violence in Ndabibi area in Naivasha.
“This policy will address violence over natural resources such as land in Ndabibi and Mai Mahiu,” said Mr Karuri.