Amani Sasa – 4 April 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 4th April 2008[1]

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

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. 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. The site also has forums and blogs where people can post updates on any upcoming activities. See www.forums.rescuekenya.org/ccp to post a comment on the CCP forum.
    1. All groups working with IDP’s requiring assistance, please check

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

    1. An online database has been set up www.crisis.rescuekenya.org to collect data on IDP’s.
      To enable the collection of proper data, all those asking for assistance need to provide data by emailing info@rescuekenya.org. Required is Names of persons in IDP’s, Gender (male/female), children, location of camp, IDP’s from where, Date in, Specific assistance sought, skills of IDP’s.
    2. 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:

  • One Kenya-one Nation is looking for peace messages to pass on to school children and students to ingrain a patriotic culture in them with. If you have any ideas of such messages which pass on the idea of peaceful co-existence with no ethnic or religious animosity kindly send your them in to: nationkenya@yahoo.com or info@onekenya-onenation.com. You can also check out their website on www.onekenya-onenation.org
  • There is a scholar in the field of conflict management and peace studies who is willing to give a talk on reconciliation the Kenyan perspective for free. She is also willing to share a talk on any other topic so long as she is informed about this prior. If interested contact William Nd’ungu on email wildleonnd@yahoo.com to facilitate the talk.
  • 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”. All are welcome.
  • The Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) online petition effort calling on all the Members of the 10th Parliament of Kenya to reduce their massive salaries and return land that they have acquired illegally is still on-going. They have been collecting signatures for the petition and an attached letter to be sent to the MP’s, and plan on reaching 10,000 signatures. It is posted online on: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/reduce-Kenyan-MPs-salary. KPTJ urges all Kenyans, friends of Kenya, members in the diaspora to please take a moment and add your signature to the petition online. 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

IMLU – Forensic investigations into post-election violence related deaths

Forensic investigations into post-election violence related deaths

Following the delayed and disputed release of the general elections results of 27th December 2007 there was wide speculation of rigging. This led to nationwide protests and an outbreak of violence seemingly driven by ethnicity and perceived political affiliation. This lawlessness provided an environment conducive to torture and gross human rights violations. The violence took the form of killings, rape, and arson acts, forceful evictions and internal displacement. It is estimated that over 1,000 people have been killed, over 400,000 internally displaced/ forcefully evicted, women and girls raped and property worth millions destroyed.

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A CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION – Maina Kiai / Njoki Ndungu – US House of Rep- 6 Feb 08

Maina Kiai’s statement to US House of Representatives

Maina Kiai, Chiarman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, made a statement to the US House of Representatives on the political crisis in Kenya on 6th February 2008. Njoki Ndungu’s contribution is also included further down the page. Ms Ndungu is the CEO of the Center for Legal Information and Communication, Kenya.

SUBJECT: THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN KENYA; A CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION – Maina Kiai

1. Thank you for this opportunity to discuss the crisis in Kenya. My name is Maina Kiai and I am the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), an independent state body charged with protecting and promoting human rights in Kenya. Previously, I served as founding Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, a non-profit organization based in Kenya; Africa Director at Amnesty International in London; Africa Director at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) based here in Washington DC; and Research Fellow at TransAfrica Forum also here in Washington DC. I speak on behalf of the KNCHR, as well as for Kenyans for Peace through Truth and Justice (KPTJ), a coalition bringing together more than 50 human rights, legal and governance groups in Kenya.

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KPTJ – Political crisis in Kenya: defining the way forward – 31 Jan 08

Political crisis in Kenya: defining the way forward

Pambazuka News 

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ)
Draft concept note

Background

1.  On Thursday 27 December 2007, Kenyan trooped to the polls to vote for Presidential, Parliamentary and Civic candidates.  The December General Election was different from the previous ones in many ways.  High voter turn out characterised the poll and the electoral process during the polling day was generally peaceful.  Supporters of different political parties and candidates queued together to cast their ballots.

2.  This context considerably changed when it came to counting and tallying of presidential votes at the tallying centre manned by the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK).  The vote count for the presidential election was hotly disputed.  Members of political parties, accredited domestic and international observers, as well as civil society organisations and wananchi tabled evidence of irregularities and fraud.

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KPTJ – Proposed benchmarks of accountability for the mediation process – 27 Jan 08

Proposed benchmarks of accountability for the mediation process

Pambazuka News

Kenyans for Peace through Truth and Justice: Mediation Process Accountability Benchmarks and Principles

The Benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: Clarity of Mandate

[There is need for agreement by all parties on the problem, proximate and historical. The mediation process should identify, frame and address the salient issues in the crisis in a manner that conforms with international/universal standards of democracy, good governance and human rights. Both Parties should formally submit themselves acknowledging the mandate of the Mediation Team. Clarity in this regard needs to be made on terminology: Dialogue? Negotiation? Mediation?
Reconciliation?]

– It is imperative that the terms of reference of the Mediation Team are unequivocal beforehand to all parties, stakeholders and the Kenyan public.
– Do the stakeholders know of the mandate of the mediation process?
– What issues did the parties and other stakeholder identify as contested?
– In what way did the mediation process address/resolve all these issues?
– What are the universally accepted international best practices in addressing these issues?
– How does the determination/agreement from the mediation process compare with the universally accepted best practices?
Benchmark 2: Accessibility

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