His excellency Governor Hon.Ali Hassan Joho's remarks during the launch of Mombasa action plan on CVE
"The beautiful County of Mombasa has over the years been an epitome of diversity and co-existence – a cosmopolitan melting pot that has one of the most amazing cultural and ethnic mix in the world. Today as we launch the Mombasa Action Plan, we remember our mothers. In particular we remember one of Mombasa City’s founders – Mwana Mkisi – a woman noted for her wisdom, generosity and compassion – characters that are still deeply entrenched in the psyche of the city’s 1.4 million inhabitants.
Like Mwana Mkisi, Mombasa has never been mean or afraid to embrace her beauty. Today the city is a representation of pluralism and diversity: the Muslim call to prayer (the adhaan) is normally heard with the backdrop of Church bells, and Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwalas are part of the City’s landmarks.While we are honored by our past we are concerned about our present. The erosion of civil society, break-up in social cohesion and intolerance are challenges that threaten our ages-old ability to be resilient. I believe that the key to building strong cities is in harnessing the city’s strength. In the case of Mombasa it is in rediscovering its identity grounded in its faith in God and building on its cosmopolitan base, values, trade and culture.
Today marks a turning point. As we launch the Mombasa Action Plan, I thank all those who have been a part of this process and supported us. Harnessing global partnerships is natural and necessary for Mombasa. There is a tendency within CVE networks to focus on the “threat” itself and not the context in which that threat emerges. This is a grave error and mistake. Context is vital and local knowledge is vital. It is important that solutions, while discussed within a national framework, emerge based on local realities and sustainable partnerships. It's time to raise credible voices and narratives, because we know what makes for our peace." We are Mombasa. Mji Wetu Wajibu Wetu
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