Kenya: Too scared to go home

Kenya: Too scared to go home


RUMURUTI, 28 March 2008 (IRIN) – A month after clashes erupted in Kenya’s Rift Valley district of Laikipia West, calm has returned but internally displaced persons (IDPs) are yet to return home, with leaders voicing concern over the acquisition of guns by communities living in the area.

“Let us not confuse calmness for peace while ethnic animosity persists,” Frederick Sisia, the new district commissioner for Laikipia West, told a peace and reconciliation workshop on 26 March in Nyahururu, the district’s headquarters.

“The truth be told, and let’s be honest with one another: there is no community which is not buying firearms now. Every community must surrender these firearms during an upcoming planned disarmament.”

The clashes, pitting the mostly pastoralist Turkana and Tugen communities against the dominant Kikuyu ethnic group, began in early March following the killing of a suspected Turkana rustler. Since then, at least 25 people have died and over 8,000 have been displaced in the district. Continue reading

Amani Daily – 28 March 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 28th March 2008[1]

                                                                                                                                                                                

LEST WE FORGET: Over 1000 dead and thousands displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

 

  • Margaret N. Muturi from Kiambaa – Karuri Njoro Village is asking for help. She is hosting 22 IDP’s from Molo, who need humanitarian assistance and business capital. The IDP’s include 3 males over 18 years, 2 of them fathers to the families, 2 women with nursing babies born during the skirmishes and on transit from Molo, 1 High school boy who needs to go to school, 11 primary school children and 3 kids at home based motherly care. You can contact Margaret on phone 0728 373 303.

 

  • The Peace and Security Council of the African union at its 115th meeting held on 14th March 2008 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia issued a communiqué, welcoming the signing of the political agreement in Kenya. They called on all Kenyans to support the leaders, and expressed appreciation for all regional and continental efforts made in support of the mediation process. They further requested the commission to remain engaged with the Kenyan parties and support them in the implementation of the agreements.

 

  • The first batch of graduates from the Kenya Veterans for Peace (KVP) completed their training and had their graduation on the 14th March 2008. The event was presided over by Mrs. Odeng’, senior P.A to the Nairobi Provincial Commissioner. The second batch is currently undergoing training at Peace House, Haile Selassie Avenue. Any assistance from counsellors, and peace building facilitators is highly welcome.

 

  • VUMA Kenya under whose auspices CCP-USA chapter is operating, is up and running. They are currently involved in various fund raising activities in support of the peace process in Kenya.

 

  • Leadership Institute of Kenya meetings are still on-going at LIKA offices, on Kirichwa road near Masaba Hospital at 5 p.m on Wednesday’s. They are currently planning to prepare books, which will be circulated to students in schools to train them on Kenyan culture. This is in line with their theme, Going National! All are welcome to this forum. Continue reading

Amani Daily – 14 March 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 14th March 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • A new online initiative, http://www.rescuekenya.org has been established. This site has information on IDP’s, provides a resource to those who are assisting people on the ground and links up various peace initiatives.
    1. All groups working with IDP’s requiring assistance, please check

www.rescuekenya.org/govt_coordination.php for contacts for specific government assistance.

    1. Anyone in contact with persons who lost or suffered direct damage to their businesses in the Post Election violence, get government assessment forms from the nearest Chamber of Commerce offices or download a copy from: www.rescuekenya.org/kncc.php

  • The Leadership Institute of Kenya (LIKA) is still holding their meetings every Wednesday at LIKA offices, on Kirichwa road near Masaba Hospital from 5 – 7 p.m. The meetings discuss the deeper issues affecting our country such as ethnicity, failure of democracy, the youth, money culture and lack of nationhood, as Kenyans seek to go “GO NATIONAL”. In their last meeting, the group decided to get down to action and write books targeting primary and secondary schools based on tribal solidarity and cultural cohesion. The group feels that investing in the youth is of utmost importance. All are invited, for future meetings.
  • The Kenya Veterans for Peace (KVP) continue to hold their workshop at Peace House, Next to Ukwala Supermarket, Haile Selassie Avenue. Sponsored by the Interreligious and International federation for world peace. The workshop seeks to have 200 former security personnel trained. KVP is appealing for counsellors and peace-building facilitators to assist during this workshop, which is ongoing. The first batch of 50, who have just finished the 10-day seminar have their closing ceremony today at 2 p.m. This event will also usher in the next batch of 50 to be trained. The chief guest at the event is the Nairobi P.C. Contact the KVP Secretariat on 0725-203128 or 3588390 if you would like to attend or support this initiative. Guests should be seated by 1.30 p.m.
  • The Universal peace federation in conjunction with the ‘I have a dream foundation’ is organising a 1-day event dubbed Realising the Dream. Martin Luther King the 3rd will be present at the event, which will be held at the KICC on the 18th March 2008 from 830 a.m. The event seeks to have political leaders and other individuals from various groups to discuss the recent post-election violence in Kenya and what various groups can do. All are invited.
  • The Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) are holding a public forum today from 4p.m to 7 p.m. at the Inter Continental hotel. The Key question under discussion is ‘What does the National Accord and Reconciliation Agreement mean for Kenya?’ speakers at the forum include Muthoni Wanyeki of Kenya Human Rights Commission, Karuti Kanyinga, Institute of Development Studies, and David Ndii of the Kenya Leadership Institute. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS ON CONFLICT SENSITIVE RECOVERY, RECONSTRUCTION AND RESETTLEMENT

An open statement by the Kenyan Civil Society Organisations working on peace and conflict resolution

To: The Chairman,

National Reconciliation and Dialogue Committee

Dated Tuesday, March, 11th 2008

REFLECTIONS ON CONFLICT SENSITIVE RECOVERY, RECONSTRUCTION AND RESETTLEMENT

INTRODUCTION

We, the community of Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) involved in peace building work throughout Kenya, coming together under the auspices of the Peace and Development Network (PeaceNet-Kenya), have decided to issue the following statement on the ongoing National Resettlement and

Dialogue processes.

Concerned about the wave of violence in Kenya since December 29th 2007, we teamed up to roll out a national assessment and response on the post election violence alongside several other intra-community dialogue interventions throughout the country under the Electoral Violence Response Initiative (EVRI. These interventions are geared towards preparing the communities for resettlement, recovery and reconciliation.

BACKGROUND

The National Reconciliation and Dialogue Committee that was formed after a successful national and international mediation has agreed on a number of resolutions to address the root-causes and the consequence of the 2007 post election crisis.

Kenya has gone through a traumatic experience characterised by the post electoral violence following the disputed 2007 presidential elections. The consequence of the violence has seen the loss of over 1000 lives, displacement of over three hundred thousand people and destruction of livelihoods of millions of Kenyans. Further consequences have been the growing tension in traditionally calm regions such as Central Kenya.

The challenge now is on the implementation of these resolutions and others that will follow in a conflict sensitive perspective. Continue reading

Local reaction to power sharing

Local reaction to power sharing

deal between govt and the

Opposition

 

With the breakthrough in the Kofi Annan led mediation talks following the post-election crisis in Kenya leading to the signing of the final deal on power sharing modalities between President Mwai Kibaki and ODM’s Raila Odinga on Thursday, February 28, 2008, PeaceNet Kenya collected views from across Kenya on the immediate reaction from

the communities and how such a deal could be achieved at the grass root level.

 

See the reactions here

Kenyan Red Cross seeks 23 million dollars for violence refugees

Kenyan Red Cross seeks 23 million dollars for violence refugees


NAIROBI, March 26, 2008 (AFP) – The Kenya Red Cross Society on Wednesday appealed for 23 million dollars (14 million euros) to help resettle hundreds of thousands of people displaced by post-election violence.

Secretary General Abbas Gullet said the cash would help rebuild houses, provide seeds for planting and food for long-term relief for the displaced families scattered in the capital and western region.

“The government has a resettlement plan but humanitarian organisations should assist them. The task of resettlement requires a lot of co-operation,” Gullet told reporters.

He said the agency had received 10 million dollars after asking for 14 million in January at the height of tribal fighting and revenge killings that were sparked by the disputed December 27 general elections .

MAP helps thousands caught in Kenya crisis

Date: 25 Mar 2008

MAP helps thousands caught in Kenya crisis


Despite an agreement signed more than a month ago that many people hoped would quell the recent fighting in Kenya, hostilities have continued in this east African country that was once the most stable in the region.

The initial conflict erupted over a political power struggle between President Mwai Kibaki and his opponent, Raila Odinga, after a disputed presidential election in late December. Each side accused the other of rigging the election, and brutal clashes arose between members of Kibaki’s Kikuyu tribe, the largest in Kenya, and an ad hoc coalition of clans including members of Odinga’ Luo tribe. In the weeks that followed, violent mobs wielding machetes, guns and other weapons killed more than 1,000 people and drove more than half a million others from their homes.

It is the worst violence that Kenya has seen in more than a decade. And though the two politicians signed a power-sharing agreement in late February, attacks have continued between members of opposing tribes. Many of the survivors, who often fled just moments before their homes were torched by attacking mobs, have taken up temporary residence in tents at crude, makeshift camps dotting the country. Continue reading