CCP Meeting – 09-05-08

MINUTES OF THE CCP MEETING HELD AT OXFAM OFFICES, SHELTER AFRIQUE HOUSE ON 09/05/08

CORE GROUP MEMBERS PRESENT


1. Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat


Matters Arising

Internally Displaced Camps

There is a concern that top political leaders are quiet about asking others to vacate and return property that does not belong to them. The Muslim Sheikh from Mombasa made a prayer that can be encouraged countrywide.

The full data of IDPs to be resettled will be provided by KVP in the next meeting. Nairobi Peace Forum can aid in this process.

It was observed that the identification of true IDPs is still a challenge.

Some IDPs have trained in different trades and hence, require start-up capital to finance their small ventures.

1. Mathare

–   Mwangi Kihara, the Chairman of the Mathare United Landlord organization P (MALUO) reported that negotiation between Landlords and illegal occupants of houses in Mathare is ongoing. So far at least 111 illegal tenants have agreed to leave the houses. KVP (Kenya Veterans for Peace) has been facilitating this process.

–    It was reported that some illegal occupants were being supported by the area Chief.

–    Residents in Mathare still fear that they are being marked.

–    Gangs involved in harassing residents mostly come from Baba Dogo area and are largely responsible for the massive destruction of infrastructure. Names are known to police and DC, but nothing is being done to stop them.

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Delivering services in post-election Kenya

Delivering services in post-election Kenya


A new and innovative volunteer scheme that brings together national leaders in various professions such as sports, music, media and education as well as faith organisations, is changing lives in post-election Kenya.

Jeremiah Kemboi, a 32 year old marathon runner, is one of such volunteer leaders participating in the Emergency Volunteer Scheme (EVS), a UNDP/UN Volunteers (UNV) peace-building programme designed to promote post-election community dialogue in collaboration with the government.

At the end of a training, which involved 120 neighbourhood volunteers from 24 to 26 April, Jeremiah said: ‘I believe that dialoguing with fellow athletes at the ChirChir Training camp near Timboroa, will contribute to promoting peace and reconciliation. I look forward to using my skills as a team leader to urge athletes to broker peace among the villages and the Internally Displaced Persons from Nyakinyua farm close to my village Usamala.’

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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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Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya

Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya

What: Launch of Emergency Volunteer Scheme for Kenya
When and Where:
Nairobi East – Friday 22nd 2008; Tom Mboya Grounds, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Nairobi West – Saturday 23rd 2008; Kibera Grounds; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Nairobi North – Monday 25th 2008; Lions Clinic Huruma; 10:00am – 1:00pm

Volunteer for peace and development, Volunteer for a peaceful neighborhood!

The volunteering scheme approach for Kenya plans to tap the energy of the influential persons, retired professionals and youth leaders to bring about positive change, instill a sense of responsibility and equip them with necessary tools to initiate reconciliation amongst their affected neighbourhoods. Through emphasis on the need for restoration of trust and building social cohesion – it endeavours to promote ownership of the healing process, reconciliation and peace rebuilding.

The program strategy anchors on volunteerism that will be utilised to:

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Ban Ki-moon to send top UN humanitarian official to Kenya – 5 Feb 08

Ban Ki-moon to send top UN humanitarian official to Kenya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

5 February 2008 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced plans to dispatch his top humanitarian official to Kenya, where more than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence which has torn through the East African nation following last December’s disputed elections. “With our partners, we have been able to meet the initial basic needs of displaced populations, totalling around 310,000 IDPs [internally displaced persons] spread over 192 sites in the western and central provinces,” Mr. Ban told reporters after briefing a closed meeting of the Security Council today on his recent visit to Africa.

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