Interior CS Matiang'i proposes new conflict resolution formulations in bid to combat climate change

Interior CS Matiang'i proposes new conflict resolution formulations in bid to combat climate change

  • Matiang'i said that the security sector has been crippled by resource and institutional strains hindering them to respond to matters related to climate change
  • He further added that the ministry together with the national government has formulated frameworks that will aid a revamp on strategies of tackling the climatic challenges in the nation.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has called for the development of new conflict resolution structures in order to develop new frameworks for dealing with climate change.

Matiang'i, speaking at the 7th annual Devolution Conference in Makueni county, said the security sector has been crippled by resource and institutional strains, making it difficult for it to respond to climate change issues, and vowed to work with county governments to alleviate the situation.

"If you look at the number of personnel we are deploying to this conflict it is affecting and distracting us from the core challenges we are facing in the security sector. We are in a situation where we are conflicted, do we send officers to deal with Al-shabaab or to deal with rustlers because of climate change related challenges," said Matiang'i.

He further added that the ministry together with the national government has formulated frameworks that will aid a revamp on strategies of tackling the climatic challenges in the nation.

"We are going to build capacity and train better, we are going to develop new structures for conflict resolution, for instance dealing with the insecurity issues poses by climate change. We have to boost the security capacity of county governments, "

"We also have to set aside money, and reduce reliance on donors. We must now debate about how on a year-to-year basis we set aside resources deliberately to deal with climate challenges in our country," Matiang'i added.

A strategy plan for developing an overall plan on strategic interventions between the national and county governments to deal with the effects of climate change will be presented during the three-day conference.

Leaders in attendance were President Uhuru Kenyatta who appeared via video link, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Council Of Governors (C.O.G) chair Martin Wambora, Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Environment and Forestry CS Kiriako Tobiko amongst other CSs, Governors, Deputy Governors among other leaders.