MKU Peace Conference Kicks Off With Munya Call For Peace
Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, opened the peace conference at the MKU with a call to Kenyans to maintain peace during, and after the general elections.
Munya stated that the country has a strong constitution that can address any emerging differences among Kenyans through the proper channels rather than resorting to violence.
The three-day conference, titled “The Role of Universities, Public and Private Sectors in Peace Building for Socio-economic Development,” brought together government and private sector stakeholders with the goal of focusing on the best paradigms needed to entrench peace, security, socio-economic, and political development.
More than 500 delegates are in attendance both physically and virtually at the Second International Peace, Security, and Social Enterprise (ICPSSE) Conference.
Munya praised the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in his speech as the best education program that will enable the country to tap into the changing job market dynamics around the world.
Munya stated that several international ICT companies have expressed an interest in investing in Kenya, and that the CBC curriculum will aid in channeling human resource capital to the ICT market.
In his speech, Munya said CBC is designed to prepare students to be ICT-compliant urging stakeholders to follow the footsteps of China, which has continued to increase its human resource capital by embracing ICT, attracting over 130 ICT companies to the country due to the assurance of human capital.
Dr Vincent Gaitho, Pro-Chancellor of the MKU, urged Kenyans to avoid intolerance and antagonism during the election campaign and instead embrace peace for posterity.
The delegates will discuss the role of international partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in supporting peace initiatives on Thursday, and the role of the public and private sectors in maintaining peace on Friday.
Every election year, MKU hosts a peace conference to encourage sober discourse in the country during political campaigns.
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Key speakers include Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, Chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Prof Bitange Ndemo, Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium, Ms Carole Kariuki, CEO of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
Daystar University Vice-Chancellor Dr Laban Ayiro, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) director, Dr Charles Ong’ondo, Prof Hubert Gijzen, UNESCO Regional Director, and others will also speak at the conference.