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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KENYA: Reconciliation key to returns

KENYA: Reconciliation key to returns
15 Apr 2008 14:07:54 GMT

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Source: IRIN
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NAIROBI, 15 April 2008 (IRIN) – Peace-building and reconciliation efforts to alleviate ethnic tension must be stepped up before internally displaced Kenyans are pushed to return to their homes or the risk of further violence will remain high, according to the UN and agencies.

“Ethnic tension remains high – hate, resentment and mistrust are widespread and people have few avenues to vent their feelings,” Bernard Leflaive, early recovery and food security cluster coordinator and consultant to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told IRIN. “The big precondition for return must be that people are able to live in security wherever they choose to go, and they should be able to form normal relationships with their neighbours.”

The early recovery and food security cluster – comprising UN bodies, NGOs and government departments – aims to assist the government to ensure that communities affected by Kenya’s post-election violence return to a state of normalcy as early as possible. The cluster deals with, among other issues, peace and reconciliation, governance and rule of law and the restoration of livelihoods.

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