Concerned Citizens for Peace and Peacenet Kenya – 28Feb08

Media Statement
28 February 2008
ISSUED BY Concerned Citizens for Peace and Peacenet Kenya
Concerned Citizens for Peace and Peacenet
welcomes breakthrough on the political representation by ODM and PNU
Nairobi – 28 February 2008
Concerned Citizens for Peace and the Peace and development Network warmly welcomes this
agreement by PNU and ODM under the leadership of the Chairperson of the African Union H.E. Jakaya
Kikwete and H.E. Kofi Annan, Chief Moderator of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Team.
Reflecting the mood of millions of Kenyans and friends of Kenya, Chairperson of the Concerned Citizens
for Peace Ms. Dekha Ibrahim said, “Concerned Citizens for Peace welcomes the agreement by
PNU and ODM on political representation in the next Government. This is not only a light at the
end of the tunnel but possibly also, the end of the tunnel itself!”


Concerned Citizens for Peace and Peacenet also calls on the two parties PNU and ODM as well as the
appropriate arms of Government to implement the other agreements reached by the Kenya National
Dialogue and Reconciliation Team. Dr. George Wachira, a Convenor of CCP argues, “This political
agreement must be seen as part of a package. It is a package that reaffirms the rights for all
Kenyans to enjoy their fundamental freedoms – the right to life, property and freedom from fear
and discrimination. We must also seek implementation of the Agreements of February 1, 4 and
15th. To do less, will be an injustice to the hundreds who have died and the hundreds of
thousand who have been displaced.”
The Agreements of February 1, 4 and 15 have enshrined commitments to end violence, humanitarian
assistance and an independent investigation into the General Elections. The agreements task law
enforcement agencies and other executive bodies, parliament, civil society and the media to act.
Both Peacenet and Concerned Citizens for Peace have worked with Kenyans since January 1st to stop
the violence, promote peace and reconciliation and restore justice, alongside religious groups,
humanitarian organisations and the private sector to bring the political parties together to dialogue. “We
urge them to immediately agree on an implementation plan and benchmarks on how to realise
the Agreements. We further urge the parties to immediately follow up with constituency and local
level meetings with their supporters to explain the agreements”, Francis Nguli, Director of
Peacenet added.
Ends.
For further comment and interviews:
Dekha Ibrahim Mobile: 0721-915853
Dr. George Wachira Mobile: 0722-407164
General Daniel Opande Mobile: 0722656948
Francis Nguli Mobile: 0722350827

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1 Comment

  1. I will visit Nairobi on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March. Would love to speak with Francis Nguli, George Wachira or other relevant person about citizens initiatives for peace and reconciliation in Kenya. I am Oxfam-Novib’s lobbyist for conflicts and complex emergencies in Africa. My wish is to debrief as good and ample as possible to Dutch public and media about civil society and making peace, about views on and approaches to underlying causes of violence, etceteras.
    Will leave tomorrow to Kampala, will arrive Thursday 6th night in Nairobi. Booked in Kivu Milimani Hotel. Please answer, with cc. to janruyssenaars@antenna.nl
    My mobile phone (international) number is 00 31 6 224 91112. Will read my mails regularly.

    janr


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