Central Africa Republic militias on Wednesday signed a peace agreement to end hostilities and create political stability in their country.
The mediation process which began last year November is spearheaded by Kenneth Marende and Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki.
The signing of the agreements was witnessed by CAR civil society group leaders led by Mahamat Ali.
Others were Mahamat Ibrahim, Alexix Ngoya and El Mackine Mansour.
The signing was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President, William Ruto at State House Nairobi.
The two agreements (Nairobi Agreement on Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities and the Nairobi Engagement Declaration Adherence to the Transition Roadmap in Central African Republic) were signed between Anti-Balaka militias led by Joachim Kokate and Ex-Seleka rebels led by former president, Michel Djotodia.
Kenyatta told the warring parties that there will be many who will try to bring divisions amongst them for their personal benefit.
“Your principal interest should be the wellbeing of the Central Africa Republic citizens.”
He said the signing of the peace agreements was a first step but much more would be needed to bring stability to Bangui.
“Peace is not something that makes everybody happy, there are those who prosper through the misery of others. Kenya will continue standing with you even as you strive to join hands to build your nation.”
The leaders of armed groups said Kenya’s help would help end the over 20 years of turmoil in their country.
The latest conflict in Central African Republic broke out in December 2012.
The conflict arose after rebels accused the government of President François Bozizé of failing to abide by peace agreements signed in 2007 and 2011.