Following the 15th June 2014 attack in Mpeketoni by the heavily armed gunmen, over 97 lives were lost and properties worth millions were set on fire including business premises; banks, hotels, restaurant, a petrol station ,motor vehicles, tractors and residential houses.
After the series of attacks, high level of tension was reported across the areas affected. This led to a mass population movement from both the villages and nearby towns, in search of safety. This was so since the attacks were largely experienced during the night, as the attacks occurred indiscriminately.
As a result this led to household displacement, where three camps were established with 989 HHs (225 Mavuno Kitale, 259 Kipini 505 HHs in Hindi Prison).
Peace Meeting At The Boma Hotel Nairobi
During the attack, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) worked closely with the National government in response to the situation. This was followed by claims that the attackers were associated to be from one set of community. Consequently this led to loss of trust amongst the neighbors as a result hatred and revenge were highly expressed.
In response, KRCS in collaboration with the County Government leaders, embarked on a second phase of intervention on Peace and Reconciliation Initiative through Community meetings in Lamu County since August 2014 for three weeks. This was to bring about reconciliation among the affected communities, and restore harmony the communities have shared for many years.
After the community meetings were done, a peace initiative meeting was organized in Nairobi involving all the community leaders’ representatives among the five communities namely Mpeketoni, Amu, Islands, Hindi and Witu and each community had nine representatives comprised of Youths, Women and Men in total 45 delegates attended the meeting.
In addition Special groups were also included i.e persons with disabilities and inter-faith groups. With the main objective of sharing and review deliberations from the community Peace meetings and develop a Memorandum of understanding/ A commitment agreement, together with a plan of Action that will lead to normalcy in the county.
The meeting was held from 14th – 17th September 2014, together with the county leaders’ including the Governor, Senator, Deputy Governor, Member of Parliament and the County Commissioner. Exploring various causes and effects of the attack. As a result a Commitment Agreement was signed today on 17th September 2014 in promotion of Peace in the County in presence of the Head of State His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta at BOMA Hotel in Nairobi.
The meeting was a success as the Lamu County community members now commit to preach Peace and restore the harmony they have shared from the past.