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.

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NPI-AFRICA : Invitation to Reflection on African Traditional Justice mechanisms

NAIROBI PEACE INITIATIVE-AFRICA

5th Floor, New Waumini House Telephone 254-20-4441444

Waiyaki Way 254-20-4440098

Westlands Facsimile 254-20-4440097

P.O Box 14894-00800 254-20-4445177

Nairobi, Kenya E-mail info@npi-africa.org

Invitation to Reflection

Greetings!

NPI-Africa is pleased to invite you to a reflection on African Traditional Justice mechanisms (ATJM) with special focus on the Mato Oput of Uganda as a means to truth, justice and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.

As a peace resource organization, NPI-Africa has traditionally offered space for reflection on issues of peace and conflict in Africa with a view to providing critical analysis that informs and improves peacebuilding practice.

Through its Research, Learning and Policy Programme, NPI-Africa invites you to participate in the above mentioned reflection whose guest speaker will be Rev. Fr. Kizito Menanga a Jesuit from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rev. Fr. Kizito holds Masters Degrees in Philosophy and Theology and spent considerable time in Uganda acquiring pastoral experience. Rev. Fr. Kizito will dwell on the principals behind the practice, how ATJM can compliment/supplement Transitional Justice and Reconciliation given current realities and some of the challenges.

REFLECTION DATE AND VENUE

The reflection will be held on Friday 16th May from exactly 2.00pm in the NPI-Africa Boardroom located on the 5th Floor of the New Waumini House, Westlands. You are welcomed to share in a light snack which will be served in the Boardroom from 1.30pm.

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CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR PEACE MEETING: HELD ON 2 MAY 2008

CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR PEACE MEETING: HELD ON 2 MAY 2008 AT SHELTER AFRIQUE HOUSE, 1ST FLOOR

Kenya Veterans for Peace

KVP went to Mathare last week and have been carrying out a counting exercise involving landlords and IDP’s. From this exercise they have discovered that there are not only illegal tenants occupying premises but illegal landlords as well.

They visited a number of IDP camps and the numbers of IDP’s they have counted are as follows:

Mathare 4 B – 184

Mathare 4 A – 268

Gitathuru – 254

Mathare Chiefs Camp – 495

Police Depot – 1150

Ruaraka – 31

In Ruaraka 77 people claim to be IDP´s but they are not genuine.

KVP sources have discovered that there is illegal registration of IDP’s going on in Eldoret. These people have been receiving fertilizer and farm inputs meant for the displaced. This information has been dispatched to the DO & DC Eldoret.

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NPI-Africa: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa: Lessons and Implications for Kenya

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa:

Lessons and Implications for Kenya

A Briefing Paper

By George WachiraI and Prisca Kamunge

This brief indicates some lessons and problems from TRC experiences in Africa and makes

recommendations for Kenya. Drawing on experiences from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia,

Ghana and DRC, this brief cautions that previous TRCs have not been as successful as is

sometimes assumed While the South African TRC (SATRC) gave new prominence to TRCs (or

TJRC in the case of Kenya3), it has led to a fzxation on a particular form of transitional justice at

the expense of careful consideration of the goals sought and the context of the specific transitions.

For the Kenyan TJRC to succeed it will have to respond to some of the problems identified.

I LESSONS, PROBLEM AREAS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Lesson and Problem Area 1:

TRCs Have not been as Successful as is often Assumed as tools

for truth, justice, reconciliation or national unity.

This is because:

o Victim-focused recommendations are ignored, delayed or only partially implemented.

o Citizens’ expectations are often outside the mandate and capacity of the TRC.

o Victims come before the TRCs in large numbers while perpetrators tend to stay away

o Perpetrators quickly get amnesty while the threatened prosecution is never followed up

o TRCs have often been politically-correct, focusing only on non-controversial truth

o Given their poor follow-up on recommendations, particularly those pertaining to

reparations to victims in the context of great material need, TRCs are increasingly viewed

as facilitating the very impunity they set out to reverse as perpetrators get away without

accountability while the victims’ needs are not met

Recommendations:

Ø Clear goals must be articulated and communicated to the public as to what the TIRC

hopes to achieve with regard to each of the three elements (truth, justice and reconciliation).

Ø A commitment by the government to implement recommendations and undertake

necessary follow-up should be secured up front.

Ø The TJRC Act should provide for an Independent Follow-up Mechanism with a clear

mandate to spearhead the implementation of the TJRC’s recommendations.

Ø The government’s commitment to cooperate and support the process and follow-up

should be secured through a presidential order, as recommended by the Makau Mutua

Task Force on the TJRC in 2003.

Ø Public expectations can be managed through a careful awareness campaign, wide

consultations and clear articulation of the purpose and role of the TJRC, and its relationship, synergies or linkages with concurrent commissions, competent institutions

and follow-up mechanisms (where applicable).

Ø In its legislation and design, the TIRC should have clearly stated linkages with other

related institutions or commissions such as the Office of the Ombudsman, the Lands

Commission or the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The framework for

such collaboration and linkages should be worked out before the commission concludes

its work.

Lesson and problem area 2: Overriding Expectations of Material Compensation

Kenya has to weigh carefully what the primary purpose of the TIRC is to be.

TJRC: NPI-Africa briefing-paper – Lessons and Implications for Kenya