AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 1st February 2008

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 1st February 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 800 dead and over 300, 000 displaced

Flowers for Peace Campaign

  • The flowers for Peace Campaign is still ongoing, all are invited to continue laying flowers of remembrance and messages of peace at freedom corner.

High Level Facilitation/ Wachira

  • On Wednesday, the core team had a meeting with the Nairobi Provincial Commissioner, 3 D.C.’s, 8 D.O.’s, P.P.O.’s and representatives from KEPSA, Resident Associations, NCBDA, COTU, The Juakali Association, Maendeleo ya Wanawake and other organisations to discuss and develop a strategy for Peace and security in Nairobi.
  • The scheduled meeting with Nairob Parliamentarians did not take place as planned, but the team had discussions with 3 M.P.’s, 2 PNU and 1 ODM, agreed that one of them will convene another meeting for parliamentarians.
  • The team finalised the press statement, decided that the best way to package it is to buy space and present it as an advert; should appear in Monday’s paper.
  • The team had a brain storming session, at NPI offices in Westlands looking at scenarios for securing peace.
  • The team also had a meeting with the P.S. Office of the President in charge of publc sector reform, to discuss possibilities of nationwide peace plan

Religious groups

· The Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC), in collaboration with Hekima Institute of Peace studies and International relations invites you to a public forum on: “The Way out the Post Election crisis for Kenya” Today, 1st February 2008 from 2pm to 5pm at the Hekima College, Joseph Kang’ethe Road (off Ngong Road). This forum is a follow up on a similar event that focussed on Post election crisis: “Mapping the Early Warning System. The following speakers have been invited to give insights on the outlined action points:

-Institutional change in Kenya – Patrick Lumumba

-Perspectives on the way out for the Nation of Kenya – Tom Kagwe

-Update on the current situation on the ground- CCP.

-Experiences of Counselling- Abdul Nassir (Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

-Healing and reconciliation- Most Rev.Archbishop Ndingi Mwana A Nzeki

· Rachel Mamoss and her team will be going round the country preaching peace and using music to bring together the people, with local leaders invited to address them. The first concert will be on next Sunday in Rift Valley. Anyone with contact of Local Mp’s or leaders Kindly contact Rachel on 0710-505359

TODAY’S MEETINGS

08.00 The Peace Makers Update, Caana Room, Serena Hotel, OPEN

11.00 PEACENET offices, Maalim Juma road Opp Royal media, Hurlingham OPEN

IN THE NEWS

· The Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform basket fund Development partners have reached a joint decision to stop any further funds from disbursement to the program following the post-election crisis. The decision is short term and will be reviewed regurlarly.

· The Information Permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo has said that Safaricom and Celtel have been requested to assist the Government in tracing hate messages sent through mobile phones. The PS warned that the law would not spare anyone, no matter where they appear on the sms chain.

· The UN has said that relief efforts by the UN agencies and their partners have been hampered by recent cases of heightened insecurity in parts of the country.

· President Kibaki on Wednesday launched an initial 1 billion shilling fund to help victims of post-election violence, the fund is known as the National Humanitarian Fund for Mitigation of Effects and Resettlement of Victims of Post 2007 Election Violence.

· A second ODM politician, Ainamoi MP, David Kimutai was shot dead yesterday, sparking riots in opposition strongholds.

· The situation in Kenya dominates talks at the African union Summit, currently on-going in Addis Ababa.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Unity is the Real thing.

Kenyan Proverb from African Wisdom on War and Peace, a compilation by Annette Miller.


[1] This daily update is a service to all working for peace. It records the various independent initiatives currently underway to restore peace, assist the displaced and promote truth and justice. It does suggest that these actions are being centrally coordinated.

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