To protect Kenya's social and democratic fabric from the threat of violent extremism (VE), Kenyans have been asked to actively participate in fostering peaceful coexistence and tolerance within communities.

In honor of the second International Day of Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism on Monday, the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) issued the call.

The NCTC said that in light of Kenya's advancements, the day will be devoted to contemplating strategies to stop the radical ideologies that promote violence, hatred, and intolerance from proliferating within our community.

The Center added that it has achieved significant progress in PCVE (Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism) by uniting a wide range of State and non-state actors to recognize and address the causes of VE in Kenya.

According to NCTC, the national prevention strategy has been effectively cascaded to the counties, with the 47 devolved units tasked with creating and enforcing laws and policies that aim to combat extremism at the local level.   

"There is also now greater public awareness of the dangers of radicalization, with parents, teachers and caregivers being sensitized on how to look out for online recruitment of children and youth by terrorist networks."