Plans to prevent, minimize and remedy civilian harm in operation zones in Lamu County are underway according to the Center for Civilians in Conflict.
The delegation from Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) officials made the remarks when they paid a courtesy call to Lamu Governor Issa Timamy in his Mokowe office, to discuss areas of possible collaboration between civilians and military personnel.
Timamy recognized the role played by CIVIC in bringing together civilians and armed actors with an aim of improving the protection of civilians.
“Lamu County remains committed to supporting CIVIC and any other player towards ensuring locals in highly operational areas like Boni are protected whenever armed actors are carrying out their operations” said Timamy.
The Governor further emphasized the need for CIVIC to train the military in civilian protection adding that most civilians are in fear of interacting with the armed actors because of victimization and harassment.
Military Advisor, Julius Minyori, said that CIVIC is ready to work with Governor Timamy’s administration on issues of peace building and promoting civilian/ military relations.
“There is a need for civilians and the military to have a good relationship since this makes military operations successful, fosters collaboration and makes information sharing easier”, said the retired military advisor.
John Okanga, CIVIC Community Engagement Manager, Phoebe Cherono, CIVIC Community Engagement Officer, were also present.
The Lamu County team was led by Director Disaster Management, Shee Kupi and Fatma Bwanaheri Public participation and Civic Education Officer.