Francis Ole Kaparo who is the Chairman of National Cohession and Integration Commission called on Coast communities especially parents to discourage youths from joining illegal groups such as MRC and Al-shabaab which he accused of fueling terror and violence in the country.
Speaking on Monday after receiving a group of elders from the mijikenda community who are participating in a Peace walk from Kilifi County to Taita Taveta County , Ole Kaparo also asked Kenyans to preach peace and shun those trying to divide them on tribal and religious grounds.
Kaparo said every Kenyan has a role to play in ensuring peace in the community and the country in general.
The elders consisting of 175 elderly men and women commonly known as peace ambassadors arrived Sunday in Taita Taveta after a 14 day peace walk campaign which started two weeks ago in Kilifi .
The elders aged 60 and above had earlier walked across the Taita hills and valleys preaching peace in schools, markets, churches and in various groups through traditional dances.
“During the peace walk we could only eat tradional food such as Kimanga, Pure, banana cake and others while performing traditional dances from both mijikenda and taita communities ” said Mzee Joseph marandu the a group spokesman.
They also visited several historical and cultural sites in Taita Taveta as away also of promoting domestic tourism through traditional practices.
The 300km peace walk come to an end by the climbing of the highest peak in Coast Vuria hill where the elders spent the night under strong cold and shivering weather under the late Mwangeka Cave.
Kaparo had earlier visited the home of the late Hero and Heroin Zephania Manga and Silvian Manga who were among the kapenguria 6 and where mzee Kenyatta and other leaders stayed during war.