AU Fact Finding Mission in Kenya

AU Fact Finding Mission in Kenya


An African Union (AU) team visited Kenya to undertake a fact-finding Mission on the prevailing humanitarian situation following the Post-Election crisis. The delegation was composed of H.E Mr. James Kalilangwe (Ambassador of Malawi to Ethiopia), Amb. Idule – Amoko (Ambassador of Uganda to Ethiopia), Ms. Macrine Mayanja (Senior Political Officer – AU) and Justine Likharu (Malawi Embassy, Addis Ababa). They were accompanied by Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The team had earlier called on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Thuita Mwangi to brief him on their Mission. They also called on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Special Programmes, Mrs. Rachael Arunga whom informed them that the Government had already set in motion the Re-settlement and Re-building Programme by forming a Committee to oversee its operations. She revealed that priority would be given to the re-building of homes and schools in the hardest hit areas, noting that the Government hopes to raise Sh31 billion towards this end.

Ambassador James Kalilangwe expressed solidarity with the country on behalf of the AU and said that their report would contain recommendations concerning short-term solutions towards alleviating the current crisis. He however, noted that ultimately a long-term solution would have to be a Kenyan one.

The team visited the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP’s) Camps in Kirathimo, Naivasha, Nakuru and Eldoret between March 28 – 29th 2008. Their brief included assessing the needs of the Internally Displaced Persons. They interviewed the persons affected and consulted with Officials from the Kenya Red Cross Society and MAP International who manage the camps. They provide Shelter, Food, Clothing, Medical Care and Education of Children.

The Government through the Ministries of Education and Health has been instrumental in providing a support system in liaison with the Kenya Red Cross. The Health Department runs a 24-hour clinic and provides ARVs to people living with HIV while the Ministry of Education has set up schools in the camps .

International Organisations have also been of great assistance.Well-wishers from both the Local and International community have donated food and other material needs.

Interviewees, however, expressed the need for additional supplies of Blankets, warm clothing and durable tents, amongst other provisions to counter the difficulties and respiratory infections induced by the current cold weather. There is also an overwhelming need for Counselors as the majority of Internally Displaced Persons have undergone trauma.

They expressed optimism that the on-going Peace and Reconciliation efforts would translate into their being re-settled successfully. They appealed for enhanced Security, Peace and Reconciliation efforts at the grassroots with the active involvement of local politicians, as well as guarantee of the basic Human Right to live and invest anywhere in the country.

ReliefWeb 

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