By Betty Luke
Two Isiolo women who were honoured by President Uhuru Kenyatta during this year’s Mashujaa Day Celebration at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County have received their “Head of State Commendation” awards at the County Commissioner’s office.
Lucy Mworia and Halima Golicha were honoured by the Head of State for their immense contribution in peace building and preventing violent extremism respectively.
Ms Mworia was also recognized for championing for education of young girls who had dropped out of school.
Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding hailed the champions for their immense sacrifice to the communities living in the county.
“Isiolo used to be a hotbed for violent extremism but the efforts put in place by such champions have seen it greatly reduce,” said Mr Omoding.
The administrator maintained that the approaches brought about by the peace builders had contributed to a reduction in the political temperatures in the county therefore ensuring peaceful coexistence between communities living in the county.
“She (Mworia) brought a different approach in the community and we are happy that it has ensured all communities live peacefully,” he said.
The elated Ms Mworia said she was so excited as she did not expect that someday her efforts would be recognized and urged all stakeholders to join hands and ensure all children and especially those from vulnerable families access quality education.
“I have received the award on behalf of Isiolo people and I did not get it because I am better than the rest. It is all about changing the lives of our community in our small ways,” said Ms Mworia who is vying for Isiolo North MP seat.
Ms Golicha urged locals to shun violent extremism as they had seen the negative implications it had created on the lives of young people and their families.
“We should all join hands in the fight against violence because we have seen how it has affected our region,” said Ms Golicha.
Isiolo Interfaith Chair Ahmed Sett said they will continue working closely with the champions to eradicate the evils in the society.
“Ms Golicha has been working closely with the administrators to eradicate violence and she is now taking care of parents whose children have been victims. Ms Mworia has been an advocate of peace and ensured that all our girls are in school. We appreciate them and urge other women to be part of peace initiatives,” Mr Sett said.