This book is as a result of painstaking peace building efforts by the Catholic Church in collaboration with other stakeholders. It discusses the contribution of the Catholic Church towards peace building in Kakamega County, Western Kenya. The book is guided by Functionalism Theory and the Structural Peace Theory. The author delves into the challenges and opportunities presented to the peace builder in the process of peace-building. He underscores the fact that peace building initiatives by the Catholic Church require more than just addressing the direct violence that is experienced by warring parties. The author takes the reader through a holistic and multifaceted approach to issues around peace building.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Kizito Muchanga holds a Diploma in Theology and a Diploma in Philosophy from St. Mbaaga Major Seminary Ggaba, Uganda; BA (Philosophy) and BA (Theology) from Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana Institutis Affiliatis – St. Mbaaga Major Seminary Ggaba, Uganda; B.Ed (Arts) and MA (History) from Kenyatta University, Kenya, as well as a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya. Currently a Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Rev. Fr. Dr. Muchanga is a Priest in the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega and the University Chaplain. He is also the Secretary General of the Kakamega County Inter-Faith Forum. Some of his publications include: Peace Building Challenges Faced by the Catholic Church in Kakamega County, Catholic Church’s Peace Building Strategy in Kenya: Kakamega County After the 2007/08 Post Election Violence, and Peak Revision History and Government.