MINUTES OF THE CCP MEETING – 30/05/08

MINUTES OF THE CCP MEETING HELD AT OXFAM OFFICES, SHELTER AFRIQUE HOUSE ON 30/05/08

CORE GROUP MEMBERS PRESENT


1. Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat

2. George Wachira


OTHER MEMBERS PRESENT


Matters Arising

1. Amnesty

The government has declared its stand on this issue and wants to grant amnesty to criminals. These are extraneous times and a solution that is both political and social is needed.

Action

To voice our position on this as Concerned Citizens of Peace.

2. Kenya Burning exhibition

Follow-up on having the exhibition at Parliament is ongoing. There is need to secure a meeting with the Speaker for this initiative to follow through.

There’s a feature on this exhibition in last weeks Newsweek.

3. Public Debate in the Media

NTV is working on a concept for a new programme, so meanwhile CCP can hold on to this for a while.

KBC radio and KBC television have agreed to host 4 people (2 for radio & 2 for TV) from CCP in an interactive programme. CCP is supposed to come up with the topic for discussion.

4. Conflict Sensitive Journalism

The radio stations especially the vernacular ones need to be sensitive when reporting on post election violence issues. They need to practise responsible journalism and exercise restraint when dealing with sensitive issues.

Action

George Kut of NPI Africa submitted a report on their work concerning this and some of the issues covered were:

­ Enforceable code of ethics for the media

­ Involvement of media owners, editors & the government

­ Media freedom

5. Nation wide Prayer meeting

A noble downstream initiative would be the commencement of countrywide prayer meetings for peace building. This would be a time for prayer and reflection of what happened especially at the church where many people got burnt. It would be a day of repentance and atonement for the atrocities committed.

The possibility of changing the name of the burnt church from KAG Kiambaa to a name that has less ethnic/tribal connotations was explored.

Instead of outsiders (foreigners) rebuilding the burnt church, we as Kenyans should come forward and rebuild it.

Action

A tentative date of 14th June has been set for this. The committee will continue meeting every week to deliberate on the logistics and plan for the day.

6. By-elections set for 11th June

Violence is already being felt in some regions and politicians are supposedly responsible for fuelling this violence. Security needs to be beefed up during the by-elections to avoid unnecessary eruptions of violent activities, destruction of property, and looting.

7. National Youth Alliance (Mungiki)

This group is set to have a prayer meeting on Saturday the 7th of June at Uhuru Park from 7am…. … been banned by the government ….

8. EMO

This is a Kalenjin group that has been engaging with the Kikuyu in an effort to foster peaceful co-existence between the two communities. Sahondra will do a small feature on EMO to further highlight their activities.

AGENDA FOR NEXT MEETING ON 06/06/08

  1. Law and Justice
  2. Type of elections that we should have in Kenya
  3. History of violence in Kenya Bishop Mary Wairimu
  4. Government compensation in the event of violence.

Announcements

o Universal Peace Federation is having a meeting concerning the Peace festival on June 21st 2008. www.globalpeacefestival.com

o NCCK is having a conference in August for pastors (1,500 senior pastors) throughout Kenya. Its theme is “And the Truth shall set you Free”. Cost kshs 3,000 per person.

o Kenya Burning Exhibition has moved to RAMOMA gallery on 2nd Parklands avenue.

o Day of the African Child (16th June); To mark this, a celebration will be held at Kamukunji grounds on Saturday the 14th of June 2008.

o National Day of prayer committee meeting, every Wednesday at 5pm, Regent Court, Argwings Kodhek road.

o Check out these websites www.rescuekenya.org and www.generationkenya.co.ke

Contacts


Kenya Veterans for Peace (KVP)

CEO – Rev. John Mathenge, 0725 – 203128

Deputy Coordinator – James Muriuki   Tel. 0722 – 607472


Minutes compiled by Sally Murunga (smurunga@gmail.com Tel. 0722 218031)

Next meeting: Friday 06/06/08 Time: 9.00 am

Convenor: George / Dekha

Venue: Oxfam, Shelter Afrique, 1st Floor

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