KENYA: Concern over increase in illegal arms after post-poll violence

KENYA: Concern over increase in illegal arms after post-poll violence


Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
A boy plays with mud pistols in Nairobi’s Mathare slum: The post-election violence in January and February led to an increase in illegal guns in circulation across the country

NAIROBI, 26 May 2008 (IRIN) – Very little has been done to check the increase in illegal guns in parts of Kenya that were hardest hit by the post-election crisis, an official of a peace and development NGO said on 23 May.

“The small arms problem is bigger at this point than at any other time in our country’s history, especially owing to the post-election violence, which created new markets for illegal arms more than ever before,” Mutuku Nguli, chief executive of the Peace and Development Network (Peace-Net), said. “The danger is these arms may not necessarily be in use currently but could be used for the wrong reasons in the near or distant future.”

Nguli said efforts to check the increase in arms had begun in parts of Rift Valley Province, with the expected induction on 28 May of 105 reformed Pokot warriors in West Pokot district. This, he said, follows the surrender of arms this month in West Pokot. Nine guns were recovered in the district in April, he said.

Nguli added that the arms surrender and induction of reformed warriors were some of the activities planned to mark the Global Week of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons from 2-9 June. Continue reading

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CYP – Concerned Youth For Peace – Activity reports

CYP Website

Concerned Youth For Peace has been holding a number of activities with the youth as a means of promoting peace.

Below please find the links to the various reports on the activities that they have carried out.

Fashion Show Report – 22 March 08 – Kawangware

Sports Activity – 15 Aarch 08 – Huruma

Peace Walk Report – 8 March 08 – Dandora – Huruma

Night Vigil Report

Concerned Youth For Peace – Other Info

Concerned Youth For Peace Activity Database

Makutano Junction Info

Amani Sasa Update – 25 April 2008

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 25th April 2008[1]

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

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • Slum TV in conjunction with Makutano junction invites you to their SCREENING FOR PEACE on Friday 25th April, 7pm at ‘Kwa Austin’ open space, Juja Road, Mathare. This is their first public screening since the post-election violence. During the tribal clashes and their aftermath Slum TV has documented the stories on the streets of Mathare. The screening will show the other side, telling stories of hope. Films include: Mr Onyango’s Neighbours, Tell Tale for Peace, Nancy’s Story and Dear Mama. The prize-winning film from the Mtaa film fest will then follow. The screening will end with a forthcoming episode of Makutano Junction. Slum TV trains young people in audiovisual skills enabling them to tell their story in their own words. For further information contact Emily Hughes on +254 711256177 or info@slum-tv.org
  • The youth of Mathare, Kariobangi, Korogocho, Dandora and Baba-dogo under the umbrella of Collaboration for Peace and Development (COPAD) are organising a National Peace festival/walk which will start in Nairobi and go through Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Timboroa, Burnt Forest, Kisumu and other towns. There are so far 75 participants comprising both men and women under the age of thirty. Activities to be undertaken in each town include sports, beauty pageants, inspirational talks, Cultural shows etc. They are appealing for assistance either financial or in kind in the form of inspirational speakers, security, PA systems, food and water, publicity etc. Contact Joshua on +254721706717
  • The refugee Studies Centre Department of International Development at Oxford University pioneered the study of forced migration 25 years ago. They would like to assist in terms of providing knowledge and understanding of issues relating to forced migration, specifically, or with contacts in the policy and humanitarian worlds generally, or with leveraging advocacy or tapping emergency or development funding. They also have an international summer school each year, which takes place in July for 3 weeks and fosters dialogue between academics, policy-makers and practitioners working to improve the situations of refugees and IDPs. A number of bursaries are offered. If interested please contact amelia.richards@qeh.ox.ac.uk
  • 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. Kenya Veterans for peace site is up www.forums.rescuekenya.org/kvp.
    2. www.rescukenya.org have started mapping IDP data according to province/district/division and would like anyone with information on IDP’s in Tanzania or Uganda to send them this information
TODAY’S MEETINGS

08.30 The Peace Makers Update, Oxfam, shelter Afrique House, 1st Floor OPEN

QUOTE OF THE DAY

It is not the lamb who should go and ask the lion if it has had dinner.

Gambian proverb from African Wisdom on War and Peace compiled by Annetta Miller

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

Today’s Inspirational Feature is from JUSTIN N. KIMANI a consultant in Conflict Transmission specializing in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region Conflict Systems. Email; justinkimani@yahoo.com

ANNAN DID KENYA PROUD, IT IS NOW UPTO KENYANS TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT.

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Amani Sasa – 11 April 08

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 11th April 2008[1]

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

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • To receive an update on the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation process go to http://www.dialoguekenya.org. Here you will find information on the team, the agreements reached thus far and current updates on the process.
  • Jesuit Hakimani Centre in collaboration with others is Launching an Ambassadors for Peace initiative that will take some prominent persons to the grassroots in various parts of the country to boost the continuing activities on national healing and reconciliation. They have invited the Retired Arch Bishop Nding Mwana Nzeki, Rev Timothy Njoya, Madam Dekha Ibrahim, Tecla Loroupe and Paul Tergat to the Launch in Korogocho on the 19th of April. All Concerned Citizens are invited to the event.
  • Rtd. Gen. Daniel Opande sends his regards to all Concerned Citizens for peace. He is currently out of the country and has therefore been unable to attend meetings but he is following closely on the current situation in Kenya and is with us all the way in the discussions and recommendations, which might be directed to our political Leaders to uphold the interests of our people and country above any other considerations.
  • 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
  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. They have now established a crisis victim registry, a missing person registry, a camp registry and organization / initiative registry. They are also registering victims, tracking IDPs and getting their personal information, their needs, skills, where they were from, which camps they were in, where they were taken and where they’d like to go. They are also carrying out situation mapping, which gives current information on the situation on the ground. Other activities include Supply Chain Management / Inventory Management, Volunteer Management, Communication Centre, Reporting System and Needs Assessment.
  • 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.
  • 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. Continue reading

Amani Weekly Newsletter – 009

Amani Sasa Weekly Newsletter – 009

Kenya Vs Zimbabwe, or a dream for the future…by Simiyu Barasa. He is a Kenyan filmmaker and member of the Coalition of Concerned Kenya Writers.

The Fatherhood Challenge ..By Eric Guantai

This weeks profile – Linda Bore….Compiled by Dolphine Ndeda

Agriculture for Peace Turning Guns into Ploughs…By Sahondra Kiplagat

Young, Strong and Unbowed…By Ricky Kimani


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Amani Sasa Newsletter – 008

Aggrey Omondi: Force Positive in Siaya….by By Jessica Hoy and Angela Vance

THE WATCHMAN – A Season for Wondering …By Eric Guantai

This weeks profile George Wachira….Compiled by Dolphine Ndeda

Remembering Our First Responders…By Sahondra Kiplagat

Amani Sasa Newsletter – 008

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