True messengers of peace: A rover group awarded
KENYA- 16 Rovers came together to form the Masaku Rover group that is located in Machakos, at the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. With the theme ‘Youth, crime and Drugs’, the rovers in conjunction with volunteers from the Ministry of youth organized a peace walk in Machakos town on 17th September 2012. The walk was supported by the Global Veterans of Peace Ambassadors (GLOVEPA) and the Kenya Police.
Flagged off by the District Officer at his office at 8 am, the walk started with the lighting of the peace torch that led the procession to the Machakos Teachers Training Institute (MTTI). Those present included Rev. John M. Mathenge, the Director GLOVEPA-Project Kenya, the District Commissioner, district youth officers, police officials, religious leaders and the public.
The Masaku Rover Group was awarded the Peace Ambassadors Certificate by GLOVEPA in recognition of their efforts to foster peace in their community especially during the 2007 post poll violence. After the award ceremony, the Scouts proceeded to paint the police station then engaged in games that included a tag of war and a football match against the local police.
They later had a one-on-one exchange with the police with the bid to create a relationship between the youth and the police as well as offer solutions in curbing crime in the area.