In preparation for the upcoming Kenya general elections to be held on March 4 2013, IOM Kenya in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs held a six days training on Peace Building and National Cohesion for IOM staff members.
This initiative by the Human Resources Department was conducted in all IOM Kenya Offices including Nairobi, Kakuma, Dadaab, Eldoret, Kapenguria and Garissa aimed at ensuring that IOM staff members remain united, uphold and become peace ambassadors during and after elections.
On behalf of the Regional Director, Dr. Lovorka Ikovac-Szlapak, officer in charge, lauded the ministry for their support to IOM over time as well as for organizing the training. Dr. Lovorka underscored the need to prepare staff for a peaceful election process and urged everyone to exercise their constitutional right to vote in a calm, sober and peaceful manner.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Mr. Michael M. Ndung’u, Secretary, National Cohesion; Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs lauded the organization’s initiative, “this training forum comes at a time when the country is preparing for historical elections under a new constitutional dispensation which has introduced radical changes in the management of ethnic and cultural diversities in our great country,” he said.
Mr. Ndung’u emphasized that an ethnically diverse, yet cohesive organization is a beacon of hope for the entire nation; it challenges the nation to positively manage ethnic diversity.
Mr. Ndung’u mentioned that this is the first program that the Ministry has developed for staff of International Organizations and personally thanked Mr. Allan Koech, HR Assistant for sitting down with him and developing the curriculum for the sector.
During the training staff tackled topics on management of ethnic and cultural diversity in organizations, communication for organizational cohesion and role of early warning and response in organizational cohesion. Various speakers echoed that ethnic diversity is a blessing to an organization but should not be handled negatively to the detriment of staff and wider the organization as well; this was well emphasized in the topics covered.