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EU grants Sh.19 million to Stave Violent Extremism in Lake Region

The ten motorbikes donated to local youths in Kisumu County by the European Union through Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) to boost the fight against terrorism on Monday December 9, 2019. A total of Sh.19 million has been allocated towards the program in Western Kenya.
Photo by Joseph Ouma/KNA

Two  Counties  in the lake region have benefited from a Sh.19 million European Union (EU) grant to stave  violent extremism in the region.

The  initiative that is being implemented by the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in collaboration with the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) targets 20 groups and 5000 beneficiaries in

The Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA), Managing Director, Dr. Raymond Omollo (R), speaking during an interview in Kisumu on Monday December 9, 2019. With him is the Deputy Director, Joseph Opondo of the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Nairobi. Opondo revealed that Sh.19 million has been set aside by the government to boost the fight against terrorism by involving members of the public from various sectors of the society. Photo by Joseph Ouma/KNA.

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The  NCTC Deputy Director, Joseph Opondo  said the move was part of the efforts by the agency to eliminate factors that could fuel radicalisation among the local communities.

Opondo reiterated that the agency was committed to initiating projects that economically empowers the locals so as to reduce their vulnerability to engage in radical activities.

“NTSC envisions a future uptake of activities by the Development Authorities targeting youth and women and youth at risk of radicalisation due to hopelessness,” said Opondo

Nine  of  the 20 groups in Kisumu were  Monday awarded business equipment and machinery at a function held at the Lake Basin Mall based on the merit of the proposals following rigorous vetting and a careful selection process.

The  beneficiaries have been gifted equipment and machinery to venture into a wide range of income generating activities, including boda boda, hiring of tents and chairs, poultry rearing and farming among other business.

Opondo urged the beneficiaries to ensure the sustainability of the programme by putting to good use the cash and equipment donated.

The  LBDA  Manager, Dr. Raymond Omollo  challenged the beneficiaries to leverage on the donation towards bettering livelihoods within their communities.

“We expect, with this noble noble gesture to see a catalysing effect that should manifest in a better socioeconomic well-being within your individual communities,” said Omollo

The  leaders while lauding the EU appealed for further support after intimating of rolling the programme in all the 18 Counties of the Lake region.

By  Milton Onyango

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