Event Reports

Report on the Women For Peace Forum as Conducted By Young Women Initiative.                                                    


The Women for Peace Forum was curried out based on the research as shown on the background of the concept paper. That is “Research has shown that peace process with increased women’s involvement are more sustainable. On the march 22nd- 23rd 2012, 35 Kenya Civil Society and Political Women met to reflect on the Lessons learnt on the women’s participation during the Kofi Annan’s led mediation Process of February 2008. This was a research project investigating Women’s Participation in the Kenya Mediation Process. The round table research concluded that there is need for increased trainings on the matter of peace, governance, security and Conflict as they impact on the Woman. With such understanding, women will be able to participate in conflict Prevention, Protection and other peace securities processes especially with regard to Kibera as one of the 2007/08 PEV affected People’s settlement.”
Also the Women for Peace Forum pulled the need to have such a Forum from the Fresh scars, the destroyed property, looted women ventures, the lost limbs, the up bringing of a rapist child, the painful cry from a sexually defiled women from the Dark corridors of isolated and hot spot mapped sections of Kibera, the exclusions of women form the decision on Peace, security and issues governance and their impact on the women of the greater Kibera community that the  Youth Women initiative , given its wide and deep involvement in sustainable and durable peace, in conjunction with Action Inter- Ethnic Youth Dialogue and Peaceful Reconciliation Project., called upon women option shapers within the boundaries of the great Kibera peoples settlement who came together in numbers to deliberate widely on matters of Peace and Women’s Involvement.
We as Young Women’s Initiative, we have tried to capture the event as it were in this Report and possibly we have mentioned the challenges we faced before, during and after the Event. Finally we have gone further to attach as appendices that is the program of the day and the pictorial gallery which displays the captions from the event as it were it’s our pleasure to present this report.

The Purpose for which the Women for Peace Forum was Conducted was to: Draw from all over Kibera to foster the general understanding that women are the major contributors to the Tranquil society and make it known that the call for peace, tolerance and fairness and democracy must all walks of life.

Objective of the Forum
The Forum was designed in such a way as to facilitate sharing of perspectives, lessons and possible strategies to approach the women’s involvement into major decisions. The following were the objectives of the Women for Peace Forum:
-          Women’s Participation in Peace building before, during and after the General Election.
-          Women engagement into conflict resolution
-          Constitutional Opportunities for the Women of Kibera.
-          Propose some recommendations on how the women of Kibera will forge ahead as Kenya unveils another phase within the new dispensation
The Women for Peace Forum took place on the 26th February, 2013 as from 0800hrs to 1500hrs at the Kibera Assemblies of God Kianda Village.
The Target for the Women for Peace Forum was a platform that brought seventy two women; stakeholders and opinion shapers from all over the villages of Kibera- each village contributing seven women to a dialogue environment.
Schedule of Proceedings
Official Opening.
The forum was officially open at 0800hrs with Nisera Wanjiru sharing with the Women in the Forum he activities that the Young Women Initiative, pertaining to peace I Kibera. The Young women initiative is out to build the young Women. She later lined out the objectives of the Women for Pease Forum and out of it she’s collected view for the attendant’s perspective of what they expected from the Forum. Lastly she ushered the Women to participate by contributing objectively and heartily to the discussions.
Key Note Address
This was delivered by Jane Anyango who major questions in this address were “have we participated enough in the decisions making processes in Kibera? Do we have willing women leaders to participate? I believe we are currently shy from the decisions making process or we fell it’s not our portion?
As time went by the key note addressor found it necessary to paused questions in relation to the Pease and Security Decisions that required the attention of the Women in Kibera.
And as she kept toughing on issues, she made some possible avenues that the women of Kibera can consider if there were to have impact in their environment. Among the propositions she made included: there must bean internal desire propelling the woman to participate in leadership decisions and peace and security participations. She said “Women need to be purposeful about working on the personal facts that hinders them from taking their rightful place in the society; they need to work on the issues of self esteem and confidence in relation to politics, society and economic matters. Such women have purposed to do these things must familiarize themselves with possible dynamics in Kibera, in Kenya, or in the world. Women, given their numbers, need to work extra hard to become role models for other aspiring women political or aspiring peace ambassadors or whatever a woman’s aspirations might be.
And lastly, at Individual level, women need to learn to challenge the traditional gender roles, leaves most domestic responsibilities in their hands. Women with young families seem to face unique challenges, therefore discouraging them form getting into processes. ‘I usher you to participate in this discussion not as just another forum but a an eye opener forum from where you’ll leave transformed”

Discussions 1# Women’s Participation in Peace Building Before, during and after election.
The panelists and the participants took to discussions the Women’s Participation in Peace Building Before, during and after election. Among the things touched on during this plenary sessions, included:
-          The past of theses women on record of participation
-          The challenges faced so far in attempting to participate in Peace Building processes.
-          The need for participation and 
-          The way forward in participation before during and after elections
The participants found it quit involving participating in such discussions. And they made a pledge to keep the program running, to keep the spirit of attempting to build peace a live.
Discussions 2# Constitutional Opportunities for Women of Kibera
During the afternoon session the participants were openly and productively exposed to the possible opportunities for women given the constitutional opportunities as at the Kenyan Constitution 2010. Among the opportunities disclosed were:
-          Elective posts and nomination slots for women
-          Involvement into decision making processes
-          Appointment post- e.g. deputy CJ
-          Economic, social and political rights that give women the opportunities to get involved.
-          The land rights
-          Women will infiltrate the financial systems because of the opportunities that institutions will provide
-          The Gender rules
They ended up discussing on possible ways to approach they should make to attend to these opportunities.
And in conclusion, the women too made recommendations that these forums should be conducted so that the women should be engaged and enlighten and given platforms to attempt greatness.

Challenges Faced

The Challenges faced before the beginning of the events include changing of the Venue and Rewriting of invitation later to redirect the participants on the changed Venue. The intended Venue was to be at Mashimoni.
It’s been the behavior of people to attend very many forums around election believing that politicians are around to dish out money. This time a few flocked the event to give their contribution to the discussion though they were uninvited guests.

Photo Gallery 


Background to the Event
The ideal situation of a school is a place where young people go to learn and get information on life skills. In our present situation, schools remain one of the major basic enlighten centre that also offer a concept of an emerging society. It is also in schools that leadership skills are identified, nurtured and harnessed. As such most governments around the world strive at every opportunity to give the schools the best of an enabling environment to achieve its intended purpose. In the case of Kenya, government institutes formal schools that offer the best in service delivery. However, population bulges vis-à-vis limited spaces in formal schools has resulted in the mushrooming of informal schools especially in informal set-ups like Kibera.  While the schools in public places are well structured and offer the best in terms of purpose, the same cannot be said of informal schools.
A myriad of problems affect the informal schools thus hindering students from participating fully in their endeavors to be models of leadership and contributors to peace building.  For instance, in the last five months or so, Kibera has had gun shots and reports of death of young students learning in the schools situated in Kibera. This is a clear indication that the rising insecurity situation is now even targeting innocent school children. It doesn’t help matters that these reports come amidst tensions as the
Community of Kibera is slowly picking the pace to prepare for the General election of
2013 and having painfully emerged from a bloody post election violence of 2008.  What is more alarming is that there are a part of the students who are taking lead roles and participating in these criminal activities. Youth in school find their environment demanding, insecure and stringent to a point that they violently rebel to the status quo; in return, they resort to dangerous means and harm even their fellow youth. This is what we, as Tujue Katiba Initiative, wish to address. We want to see how the lives of the youths of Kibera can be harnessed and be turned into meaningful destinies; where the culture of peace becomes the order of the day in Kibera. Kibera’s name must be redefined through the lives of the youthful populace. 

Event Description.
There was therefore a call of paramount interest to all the stakeholders in the education society and the few who still believe that schools play an important role in our lives to come together and offer the much needed guidance to the young boys and girls in school to take up their rightful role in the society.

Tujue Katiba Initiative in conjunction with Sustainable Energy and Umande Trust in their partnership project “Action Inter-Ethnic Youth Dialogue and Peaceful Reconciliation Project” funded by the European Union on the 22nd February  2013, from 9am at the Salvation Army Hall, Kianda, hosted ninety secondary school students leaders from ten schools across Kibera; each school providing a minimum of  ten students to attend and participate in a schools peace symposium.

The students were called to address candidly issues affecting them in their major undertaking as learners, an awareness of the leadership role they now play in school and how it can be equally implemented in the villages they live in to foster order and peaceful co-existence was practiced.

During this time too, the students were called to map out what they perceive, think or believe are the major threats of security, and what the other youth on the other hand consider as the new trends and popular culture, and address the ways of which they think this trending can be checked so that it doesn’t spiral out of control and result in threat to human existence.

At the same time, the students were taken through a process that tested them in their capacity to deal with rapid emerging problems. There were secret impromptu speeches on leadership, peace building and constitutionalism. Selected members of the student leader’s body were called upon and given an impromptu motion to give his/her contributions after which fellow leaders took stock of what the speaker presented. The chosen person was then be interrogated by his/her peers to prove his personal dedication and zeal in his/her conviction. This shall only be done to show that
Leadership and decision making is a personal choice. 

Highlight of Activities.
        I.            Morning Sessions.

1st Presentation- Joshua Ochieng’- Coordinator Tujue Katiba Initiative
Having followed strictly the event schedule, the Event commenced at 0830hrs with Prayers and National Anthem from Maono Education Centre student Leader.
Joshua Ochieng the Coordinator Tujue Katiba Initiative took to the floor to shortly to brief the participants about Tujue Katiba Initiative and the Students Peace Symposium. Where he mentioned lightly on Tujue Katiba Initiative work-“Tujue Katiba Initiative is an Organization dedicated to Constitutionalism, Policy Issues and Leadership Development, currently we work from school to school talking to students and reaching out to young leaders”.
Concerning the Students Leaders Peace Symposium, Joshua Ochieng’ mentioned the Goals of the Event “The event strives to meet the following objectives: the student’s willingness to share the problems affecting students in informal set-ups, Leadership as a call to serve, Preparedness to actively get involved’’
Lastly Joshua Ochieng Formally Invited Mr. Osewe Ramogi for the Keynote Address.

2nd Presentation- Keynote Address.
Title# The Insecurity and Trends among the Student Leaders and the Students Population.
Osewe Ramogi ’- Coordinator- Initiative for Community Action
The keynote address paused some of the key and potential questions which were later to shape the discussions on the floor as the event coiled around its major objectives.
These are some of the excerpts of the Keynote address as presented by Ramogi Osewe.
“I have noted that severally that every school walk around, behaves and conducts itself in a particular cultured manner,-if you go to Panagani you’ll get the Ingsh Culture, if you go to Jamuhuri High, there was the Thagary Culture there would be no football match that end without a war, and if you go to upper hill there was that elitist culture- the vehicles they use to travel in, irrespective of where you come from, you would feel part and  parcel of Upper Hill’s Elitist Culture…………………, if you go to the slums you’ll see the liveliness of these people, and it’s from these culture that we draw our common behavior. The question that we should Where did we start and where are we heading to?
“In regard to trends, every where you emanate from, every where you live and go to school to affects how you relate to people and these trends pauses the question….the trends were  created to create at least some sense of belonging currently the trends that have been created have affected and still affects our way of life and behavior-what are some of the trends that we pick  from high school or where we stay that at the end of the day when we have been received back to the community these trends actually turn into threats? There are characters that we have noted as we get along the course of high school lives and these characters may include the following- the characters that constantly walk with bibles, the characters that seek and dispense the latest information, the characters that are constantly alarmists, the character who’s always on the wrong side of the law, these and many more are indicators of the culture we end up adopting and bring back to the society”
“The schools we have attended have subjected us the cultures, e.g.  The culture of competition these cultures stick to us for life”
For any set goal, you have got to work for it-as students we have to look for means out of all these perceptions and possibly seek to create new trends toward a peaceful environment.

    II.            Mid-Morning Sessions Discussions.
Title# Nurturing Leadership and the Culture of Peace
This session was the most interactive session of the Students Leaders Peace Symposium with the following facilitators taking on the floor to help guide the discussions:     Eng. Kepha Abwao - Civil Engineer, Mr. Dan Khasiani-Teacher, Expert in Swahili and Security matters, Rachel Mumbi-Lawyer and Nyaruiru Ndungi-Lawyer
Areas of focus touched on the following Questions to discuss-
Q1. Are our Schools secure or Not?
There was liveliness in the discussions on agreements and disagreements on the Questions at hand; having students taking stands that schools are not secure and some taking the contrary stand.
Those who believed the schools were not secure based their thought on the following facts:
(i)                 The location of the schools in the slums provides them with a vice conduit leading to transfer of insecure cultures and possibly misleading trends on the students fraternity.
(ii)              Influence from the youth populace mingling with the day scholars hence adopting of some trends and dangerous cultures.
Q2. Are our Schools Peaceful?
The exchange on the floor went up hot and at some point it was as if the students would cross the floor to hurt each other.
The same stand was mentioned as to the state of peace in schools…. the some agreeing schools have peace some said the schools are unsafe and peaceful
The following were observations by he students:
-          Corporations in schools: students and their leaders.
-          Clubs in schools  helping to promote  the state of peace in schools
-          Teacher’s involvement into preaching Peace.
-          Forums like this being used as eye opens to the need for a safe and a peaceful Kibera.
Q3: What are the general trends that can be noted as common with the students?
These were the trends are proposed or stated by the Students who attended the 22nd February, 2013 Students Leaders Peace Symposium as held at the Salvation Army Church Hall:
-          There in no Democracy in electing the Student Leaders in school and this was concluded to be the cause of upheavals in schools.
-          The young gong tars emerging in schools with guns
-          The drug abusing  groups
-          The dress code issues.
Q4: what are the challenges facing the student prefects?
Among the challenges that the students identified as facing their prefects in the respective schools included the following:
-          Trends among the students
-          Students ignorance of the school rules and regulations
-          Peer pressure
-          Threats from students

Conclusion on discussion sessions: the students and the facilitators concluded the discussion by wrapping up and proposing some very positive avenue to lead the path to peace in the local secondary schools and beyond.
It was agreed that the students have to be very peaceful in their respective schools; they are as leaders of their various schools responsible for their schools peaceful states.
The students on the other hand proposed the following recommendations:
-          Such forums should be held possibly across Kenya.
-          Student to purpose to be peaceful in their lives
-          Teacher to help in schools as peaceful ambassadors

 III.            Afternoon Session.
After refreshments, a necessary break from the sessions and lunch, Platinum followed by Impromptu Speeches from students where they were questioned. Among the questions paused by the moderator included:
(i)                 What are the possible means that we can involve ourselves as students to promote the course of peace?
(ii)              Are there some very possible trends that we can identify as affecting the conditions of peace in your schools?
(iii)            Mention ten roles of student leaders in peace building?
These were among many questions.
All these Questions were intended to test the extent to which the students had benefited from the forum and possibly see if they had content to deliver back at their respective school.
The afternoon sessions was climaxed by Declaration of Results from the competiveness of the student s before, during and after the impromptu speeches by students. The surprise Guest to the Students Leaders Symposium was Solo 7 whose extensive selfless propagation of peace on the walls and buildings had handed Him a Name and significance; Solo 7 is known by his Phrase on the walls “Peace Wanted a live By Solo 7”

Challenges faced 

Mobilization of some Students leaders; were faced with the challenge time-some schools had exams during the time and dates around the Event and therefore could not attend

Tujue  Katiba Initiative Considers this a successful event; the Target Participants were reached, constitution peaces distributed, the goal of the forum was achieved, and lastly the community is assured of the Students Leaders participation in providing direction on of issues of Governance and leadership back at school and at home.
We are looking forward to keep the Student Leaders engaged in such Forums in the Near future; we were privileged to have held this event.


A Report on the Leadership forum with special focus on persons with disabilities.

The leadership forum with special focus on persons with disabilities took place on the 26th of January 2013 at AIC church Olympic Kibera. The event which started at 8.30 am and ended at 2.30 pm had a participation 80 participants consisting of men and women with disabilities from Kinada, Makina, Linesaba, Mashimoni and Soweto East Village.
Baba Gusto and Phillip oyoo perform their
renown song 'disability is not inability'

The meeting started with Joshua Ochieng of PMC introducing the project and explaining the purpose of holding the event. “ having held meetings with the youth in the community on leadership and importance of peace, it is imperative that we do not leave out the youth with disabilities in Kibera in informing them of the opportunities for persons with disabilities in leadership protected by the constitution and also set out the qualities that our leaders to perform,” said Joshua. Baba and Gurston who are artistes with disabilities gave sterling performances of 4 songs including ‘hustling and struggling’ and ‘disability is not inability’

First Topic: Constitutional provisions for persons with disabilities 

Ismael Kisanji talks about the constitutional
provisions for persons with disabilities 
The first topic to be presented was Kisanji Ismil who is a a person with Hearing impairment.
He highlighted the following disability related provisions in the constitution of Kenya
Persons with disabilities should be free from direct or indirect discrimination based on ones disability. Article 27 (4)
Persons with disabilities are entitled to political rights under article 38.
Persons with disabilities should have fair representation of persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities have a right to reasonable access to educational institutions and facilities for persons with disabilities that are integrated into society to the extent compatible with the interests of the person. Article 54 (b)
Parliament should take into account the special needs of persons with disabilities 82(2) (c)

The national assembly should take consideration of the interests of the youth including persons with disabilities Article 97 (d)
Participants listen keenly to the discussions
Parliament has the obligation to enact legislation to promote the representation in parliament of persons with disabilities Article 100 (b)
Membership of the county assembly consists of the number if members of marginalized groups including persons with disabilities and the youth prescribed by an act of parliament 177 (1) (c )

There public service should include affordable and adequate and equal opportunities for appointment, training and advancement at all levels of public service including persons with disabilities Article 232 (1) (iii)

Matters arising
People who do not have disabilities often have their votes stolen. What about the seats set apart for persons with disabilities. Wont people take them away? Kisanji answered by saying one should have confidence that in the same way people voted for the person with disability, then they will defend the position.
Pauline Wambui encouraged persons with disability to accept themselves and be strong. They should not have self pity 

a)      Second Topic: Leadership values
Fredrick ouko talks about leadership and persons with disabilities
This session was facilitated by Mr. Fredrick Ouko who is the executive director of Action Network for the Disabled, an Ashoka Fellow and an Icon in the disability movement in Kenya.

He defined a leader as one who is able to marshall people towards achieving a common objective. If people feel that your agenda is important then they will offer your support towards that cause. He added that leadership starts with knowing the facts about the people and the place that he wants to represent

One also has to have a strong desire to lead. Mr. Ouko strongly came against the notion of persons with disabilities should be given seats just because they have disabilities. He insisted that persons with disabilities should be active in the society providing substantive input in development of the community. No one should expect the special seats for persons with disabilities by just sitting down and complaining of non-representation to persons with disabilities. Leadership starts right at the family, extending into ones neighborhood. Simple things such as taking your child early to school can be leadership. 

Sign Language interpreter ensures that persons with 
hearing impairment are not left out of the meeting
“Persons with disabilities should be strategic in order to be represented well in the country. To benefit in leadership positions, they must actively engage themselves in political parties. If these parties do not have nominations of persons with disabilities one can still get opportunity using the legal way. In addition to that, complaining that you have not been given seats is ineffective if you are not in political parties,” remarked Mr Ouko. 

             c)  Role of persons in ensuring peace in Kibera.
This session was facilitated by Mrs. Lilian Musyimi who is a person with physical impairment and a counselor. She sought to know what the participants felt what peace is. The following were the views;
Having love
Being relaxed with your neighbors
Peace is your own choice
Peace is when systems in the society are functioning
Peace is having understanding between neighbors

MRs. Musyimi added to their views by saying that peace is where there is justice. Absence of war does not mean that there is peace. It might be that there is calm but as long as systems are not in place, there is a possibility of not having peace.
Persons with disabilities also have a role in ensuring that there is peace. The participants were given group work to think about the ways that they can ensure that peace prevails in Kibera. The following are their views.
1.      Avoid tribal critism
2.      See others as Kenyans and not in terms of tribe 
3.      Loving one another
4.      Preach peace to friends and eighbours
5.      Taking part in all peace club meetings
6.      Avoid hate speech
7.      Love and respect each other’s opinion
8.      Accept other people unconditionally
People who love peace are going to vote come March 4th . Going to vote and ensuring your friends and family vote for a leader with good leadership qualities is one of the important ways of ensuring that there is peace.


The session ended with the participants admitting that leadership starts at an indivisual level whereby on makes the right choices and leads other people towards achieving a good objective. A leader votes and a leader convinces other people on the importance of having peace. Participants signed the peace board as a sign of commitment to keeping peace in the community. 

PMC members introduce themselves 

Persons with disabilities sign the peace board as an
outward sign of commitment to peace  in Kibera


Report for Reconciliation Forum 1
Access to Justice

1.0 Introduction:
The Action Inter-Ethnic Youth Dialogue and Reconciliation Project in partnership with Access to Justice reached out to the communities living together in Kibera to realize the importance of neighbourliness and reconcile for the sake of meaningful peace. The Action called together youth to discuss the effects of elections and a number of issues were highlighted. Among these included the effects of the just concluded General Election 2013 and the need for Kibera residents to live in harmony amid negative posts witnessed in the social media. There were a total of 80 youths, who represented six Kibera villages namely: Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Makina, Mashimoni, Laini Saba and
2.0 The event

                                 2.0.1 Participants following the proceedings at the forum

Before the general elections, there was a noted intra-village unease within the youth in Makina and Mashimoni. The assumption was that the divisions were created by interests that can either be political or economical because of the aftermath of the party primaries. Further, an assumption was made that perhaps there is a social incline towards the   intra-village feuds because social class played a major role in determining the winner in any seat in the elections. The Action together with Access to Justice Team came up with a modality to create a platform for dialogue between the youth so that they may determine the real issues that affect them on relationship building and constitutional provisions on civil rights, people’s liberties and youth promises. 

3.0 Deliberations
The deliberations focused on the following three topics:
·         Effects of elections
·         Inter-ethnic harmony
·         Role of youth in community reconciliation

3.0.1 Reflection on the post election period
All participants agreed that before the elections, everybody was sure that this time round the elections would be free and fair. Most of the community members agreed that they had put behind the scenes of 2008 and were not foreseeing negative attributes like looting and beatings by the General Services Unit police. However there was a sharp contrast from different participants while discussing the post-election period. Candid discussions revealed that a section of the participants believe there is a certain ethnic community that is controlling institutions that are deemed independent. These participants believe that the constitution is considered insignificant in the eyes of the people controlling these institutions. To this effect, they also wondered why Kenya had to pump a lot of money in buying the BVR kits when the elections results seemed to have been pre-determined.
Additionally, the participants in this category believed that the elections were marred by massive irregularities that needed to be addressed. Their hope in accessing justice was also shattered during the brief court ruling that the Chief Justice made on the petition filled by CORD. One of the participant even wondered: “Why did Willy Mutunga treat us like children by only stating that Uhuru remains the president elect and Raila’s petition was not successful? He should have explained all the reasons why the petition was considered unsuccessful.” In a major resignation noted that day, one participant had this to say: “There can never be justice in Kenya, maybe in heaven.”

On the other hand, there were those who believed the elections were just fair. They wondered how a person who was an equal partner in the grand coalition government can turn around and claim that the elections were rigged. For these participants, they believed that everybody had an equal chance of rigging the elections and they couldn’t be convinced otherwise. They even cited that in history the team which petitioned the elections have never accepted election results in Kenya ever before. From these two standpoints, it was obvious that the team needed to offer an arbitrary role for the two opposing thoughts and there was a realization that Kibera need reconciliation. 

                     A female participant contributing in the forum

 3.0.2 Inter-Ethnic Harmony
There were varied contributions among the members of the community who were present for the event. Youths noted that in the just concluded elections, many youth voted to repay a debt to the politicians they took bribes from. The youth, therefore, agreed that people should not complain about anybody being in power if they voted because of the money they were given. It was also noted that people voted along tribal lines. The essence fronted is that youth felt like it was about making sure that one tribe is in power and the other is not. At the same time, the youth noticed that the social media was being used to spread hate and thus a threat to harmony.

One youth said that he thought ethnic harmony has been achieved until the last elections. This is what he said: “Luos voted for Kibaki in 2002. However, in 2007, only 2 tribes were against the other tribes and the same happened in the 2013 elections. I really do not understand how 2 tribes can vote for one person against the other tribes and still win. People should be mature and realize that something is wrong.” Others were just resigned to fate as one participant said: “Personally as long as am not in jail, life continues.”

However, the end result was the agreement that the youth should strive as much as possible to achieve inter-ethnic harmony. One participant summed it all when she said: “Let us live in peace knowing that we have our constitutional rights. Why should we fight yet the people we voted for are in power and we are still eating our ugali and sukuma?

3.0.1 Role of youth in Community Reconciliation
The session started with one member posing a question to the facilitators of the day. He asked: “What do you do when your dream is shattered?” The forum identified that a dream can never die but only broken at some times. Further the deliberations realized that a dream that is broken can be likened to a river that meets an obstacle on its course. A river never stops but circumvents the obstacle. This takes time, resilience and tact. Members of the community were reminded that for a broken dream, it doesn’t mean the end of life. Your progress may only be delayed but not stopped. What was agreed upon was that though one may be angry at the person who has broken that dream this anger should not be taken out on another person who is completely innocent. One should be careful not to eliminate the person who has broken the dream. Find a way to maneuver the obstacle and also find opportunities along the way.

 Emphasis was made to the participants majoring on good neighborliness. It was emphasized that one should be careful what they do to others. This is because people have egos and will revenge for bad actions done to them whether at that time or later on through their children.  “Neighbours should not be enemies, “one facilitator said. He further added: “Being a responsible citizen means being a brother and a sister to your neighbor. Whenever people run into problems in their houses it is often neighbors who help first even before the family steps in. nobody considers tribe when the neighbors’ house is burning therefore why should we start victimizing particular tribes?”

It was agreed upon that victimizing people belonging to certain tribes claiming that they voted for the people that one did not support in the elections is not a valid action. This is because elections are carried out through a secret ballot and no one can know which candidate the person voted for. Noting that many people were angry with the courts decisions and loss of their proffered presidential candidate, participants were told that sometimes it is better to walk away at the moment when you are angry. This is because at that particular moment, anger can make you do things that you will regret.

Community members were reminded that the election period had passed. The reality is that some people still hold grudges while others feel hurt, robbed and victimized. This is evident in the way people express themselves on social media insulting and degrading each other. People have even gone to the extent of not buying goods from shops of business owners belonging to specific tribes. The forum resolved that whereas it is normal to have feelings when one has lost or won, how one expresses these feelings is very important. A facilitator addressing the role of youth in reconciliation

4.0 Unique lessons learnt

The following are some of the unique lessons learnt during the forum:
·         So many youth still feel the elections were not free and fair
·         Kibera youth are aware of their constitutional rights and are ready to defend them
·         Some Kibera residents believes that there is no justice in Kenya and have resigned to fate

5.0 Photo Story

“Many youth voted to repay a debt to the politicians they took bribes from. Therefore people should not complain about Uhuru being in power if they voted because of the money they were given.” 

“It is painful that Kenyan’s paid a lot of money for the BVR kits to be purchased only to fail on the day of elections. I also feel like people were positioned strategically to make sure that a certain person gets in the presidency during the elections.”

“In life you have to tolerate others. Give people a chance to air their opinions. It is a fact that Kenya cannot move on without the people appointed in power, however, everyone should ensure that peace prevails.”

“……..it does not mean that we all have to agree with each other’s choices but we should respect each other’s choice and opinion.

“Let us live in peace knowing that we have our constitutional rights. Why should we fight yet the people we voted for are in power and we are still eating our ugali and sukuma.” 

"People still voted along tribal lines. It is like it was about making sure that one tribe is in power and the other is not.” 




TIME:  9:00 AM TO 4:00PM


1.0.1 Background
A view of the leader board
The Initiative for Community Action, Umande Trust and Sustainable Energy, through the Partnership project The Action Inter-Ethnic Youth Dialogue and Peaceful Reconciliation Project (AIEYD&PR), supported by the European Union, aimed to find a common ground for residents in Kibera to come together in a public forum dubbed “A View on the Leader Board” where the local leadership aspirants were called to give updates about the work they are doing and intend to do through an interactive live audience and assure of their commitment to peace and harmonious living.

This Public Forum intended to promote activities that bring together actors that on surface may seem not compatible, and belong to different political parties and ethnic backgrounds, to a platform where their contribution was to generate value in attempt to get by, and address the in-expected forms of consternation that might ensue.
1.0.2 Opening remarks
In his opening remarks, ICA’s Director Mr. Tonny Mateng’e welcomed the aspirants and the debaters to the forum. He acknowledged the importance of all the participating parties in shaping the leadership of Kibra constituency and urged everyone to uphold peace and conduct themselves in a politically mature manner to help the process take off well. He also thanked the organizers and the sponsors for the great opportunity they had given to the people of Kibra constituency.
On his part, he noted that most of the participants had not yet understood the role of the county representatives and often confused them with the former councilors’ role. He reiterated that this was an area that the debate needed to explore emphasizing on the need for the participants to be vigilant about the emphasis on service delivery and accountability for all the people seeking public office.
Ethnicity is an issue that has in the recent past been very rampant in the country and the Director reminded all the participants that it is their civic responsibility to report any aspects that could make these menace thrive such as hate speech and any other tensions that may threaten peace in the country. The citizens are also responsible for ensuring that the leaders they elect pass the integrity test and called upon all the aspirants and their supporters to be tolerant to each other and to prepare themselves to accept the people’s verdict citing the sovereign power bestowed on the people of Kenya by the constitution.
Through this social vetting process, the participants were also urged to be at the frontline of fighting and reporting cases of election irregularities including voter bribery. Finally it was a call to all those present at the forum to be objective in their engagements and not to ask personal questions aimed at pining down particular candidates to ensure that the debate can yield fruits for ensuring development in the constituency.
Finally, he introduced and invited the moderators to facilitate the debate and thanked them for responding to the call saying that this was one sure way of offering leadership to communities without having to vie for an elective post.
A round of introductions for the aspirants was done and this continued in various sessions throughout the forum as more aspirants came in. The following aspirants were able to attend the debate:
Aspirant                                                      Representation Area
Ogonji George                                              Lindi Ward
Rosemary Masistsa                                       Makina Ward
Silvanus Juma Ochola                                    Laini-Saba Ward
David Odhiambo Ogutu                                Sarangombe Ward
Ramtu Abdalla                                              Makina Ward
Kitavi David                                                 Laini-Saba Ward
Cecilia Ayot                                                 Laini-Saba Ward
Asha Abdi Soso                                           Laini-Saba Ward
Edna Auma                                                  Laini-Saba Ward
Participants listen to one of the leaders
The introduction of the event saw the event moderators outlining the following issues to be addressed by the aspirants throughout the debate. Mr. Oluma and Mr. Ogunje took the participants and the aspirants through the discussion points and also emphasized on the need to have these kinds of forums. These were some of the areas that were slated for discussion. These areas included:
2.0.1          General background on the Bio data of the aspirant:
The event organizers felt the need for the participants to know the personal background of the aspiring candidates. Some of the areas of particular interest highlighted included:
o   Age of the aspirant
o   Education background
o   Past involvement in community affairs
o   Experience in leadership
o   What motivates the aspirant?
o   What do they consider their strength?
o   How can the strengths be translated to positive leadership?
The goal of this exercise was to offer a platform for the participants to get to know the aspiring leaders on personal grounds and identify what motivates their desires to offer leadership.
2.0.2          General background of the of the situation of Kibra:
For people who want to take the leadership positions available in the Kibera area it was important to value how much the contestants are conversant with the following situations:
·         The geographical position of Kibera
·         Boundaries of ward and constituency
·         Emerging issues on socio-political issues
·         Economic activities that the members of Kibra are involved in
·         Opportunities currently available
·         Availability of public facilities
·         Accessibility to public facilities
This was primarily carried out to ascertain if the aspirants are well conversant with Kibra as an area and show the enthusiasm and drive behind their ambition.
2.0.3          Specific information on the issues affecting Kibra as a constituency:
This was a random search in the process to show what positive leadership can attribute to the improvement of socio-economic and political problems cutting across the larger Kibra Constituency touching on the following deteriorating services:
o   Housing  in relation to congestion
o   Access to formal education
o   Emergent negative youth culture
o   Safe birth for expectant mothers
o   Safe spaces for children to play and grow
o   Sports as a tool for peace and development
o   Other intervention measures
The aspirants were to be taken through this so as to offer a link between problems affecting society and how good leadership can be applied to change the current situation and promise improvement on future implementation of policies.
The first session of the forum therefore saw the aspirants giving their biographies and where they spent better of their childhood lives. It was a random exercise and participants came to identify with the humble backgrounds that most of the aspirants had in their earlier years of life. The following is how the profiles ran:
3.0.1: Aspirant 1: Ogonji George- Lindi Ward
Mr. Ogonji was born in Nyakach, part of what used to form the larger Kisumu District (currently Kisumu County) before the de-elimination of districts in 1997; in 1963. He attended his primary, secondary and O-Level education in the same district before moving to Eldoret where he worked for a year. Mr. Ogonji later joined Shanzu teachers college in Mombasa in 1987 and upon graduating was posted to teach at Hirimani Primary School. He applied his trade in this school until the year 1993 when he joined the cooperative movement in the area and later became the accounts clerk of Nyakach Cooperative Society.
Mr. Ogonji later came to live in Nairobi in 1995. He joined Amar Security Providers Group as a junior accountant due to the opportunities available for him at that time and later on worked with Falcon Securities Providers in the same capacity. Due to the mergers in the security companies he has worked for over the years, he now works for G4S securities Dagoretti branch although he says he had reservations about working for them being that they had been marred by various cases of theft and credibility.
He views himself as a visionary, passionate, competent and a person of high integrity. Over the years he has lived in Kibera (Kibra), he founded Amua Youth Group in Kambi Muru, which he has seen grow over the years through his vigorous fundraising activities. He also founded Regina Women Group (which is named after his grandmother) that offers a platform for women to practice financial merry go rounds and basket making.
3.0.2 Aspirant 2: Rosemary Masistsa- Makina Ward
Mrs. Masistsa was born in 1964 and raised in Kakamega County (formerly Kakamega District). She attended Luanda Secondary School and later trained as an Information Technology specialist. Mrs. Masistsa  has also worked over the years as an adult education teacher at Mashimoni School situated in Mashimoni Kibera thus helping those who had lost hope in formal education acquire it in old age.
Being a woman, she strongly feels she need to take up the chance given by the Kenyan constitution to earn a leadership position to help her serve the people in Makina ward and help improve their standing point in societal issues. She is the founder of Kibera Women for Peace, Kibera women Network and is considering herself a career business woman. Her interest in politics has been influenced by the constant insecurity that she continues to witness in the slums and which she hopes to put a stop to if elected.
3.0.3: Aspirant 3: Silvanus Juma Ochola- Laini-Saba Ward
Born in 1981, Mr. Ochola is married and blessed with 2 daughters. He holds a Certificate in Community Mobilization from Railways Training Institute and a Diploma in the same from Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF). He is the current chairman of Community Health Workers, Mashimoni unit and works for Kibera Mashimoni Youth Group.
He believes that his strengths are accessibility, honesty and transparency. He is inspired by the fact that the current leadership has failed and therefore lacks transparency and cannot be trusted to deliver in their promises. This is the situation he hopes to change.
3.0.4: Aspirant 4: David Odhiambo Ogutu- Sarangombe Ward
Mr. Odhiambo was born in 1974 and raised in Siaya County (formerly Siaya District). He attained his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Siaya before proceeding to Kisumu Boys High School. However, due to high mobility of his parents he had to later move to Koibatek District where he sat for his Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education. While in high school, he served as the school head prefect and a Christian Union club member. He first came to Kibera in 1996 and had to stay with an uncle.
Upon settling in Kibera, he joined a Security Guards Company and moved from his uncle’s house to start his own life in Gatwekera. Circumstances did not work out for him at the work place and was retrenched from his employment which prompted him to start a maandazi business. He prides himself in his abilities to make many friends that have seen the community understands him well. At one particular time he vied for a post in the secretariat of the Liberal Democratic Party and emerged second.  He later won the secretariat elections under Orange Democratic Movement and became the secretary of Mama Okinda unit in Gatwekera. He is currently the Orange Democratic Movement chairman of Sarangombe Ward and hope to use this leadership background to offer better services to the people if elected.
3.0.5: Aspirant 5: Ramtu Abdalla- Makina Ward
Mr. Abdalla is a 28 year old aspirant, born and raised in Kibera Makina village. He has a Diploma in Community Development and is trained as a professional football coach by Federation of World Football (FIFA). Mr. Abdalla also has a certificate in Physical Education. He takes pride in being the founder of Makina Youth Football Club that offers young boys in Makina a chance to expose their talents for nurture.
Over the years Ramtu has been in the frontline fighting for development. According to his own submission, he has done this through founding and being the first chairperson of Coalition for Young Kibra Leaders. He is the first person to ever organize a peace walk in Kibera bringing together all age groups and stakeholders to address peace in Kibera.
Mr. Abdalla has also taken a significant role in agitating for sporting issues and the allocation for sporting activities to form part of the Constituency Development Fund kitty. Currently, he is the coordinator of football kitty in the former Langata constituency; which has been split into Kibra and Langata constituencies.
3.0.6: Aspirant 6: David Kitavi – Laini-Saba Ward
Born in Laini-Saba in 1973, Mr. Kitavi attended Mbagathi Road Primary School, Thika High School and later The Kenya Polytechnic where he took a Diploma in Graphics and Design. Although he was not a leader in his primary school, he always tried within his capacity to bring together the slum boys. While at Thika High School, he became the dorm captain, an honour which he terms was the highest position of leadership he got in school.
After his college education he worked at The Kenya Polytechnic (currently a university constituent college) before resigning to form an organization called Youth Development Forum. Kitavi later formed the Ushirika Primary School together with his friends from the Catholic Church as an initiative to help young people access education. He takes credit for initiating forty-seven women groups involved in micro finance as well as organizing several tournaments, sporting events and environmental groups in Kibera.
He is also proud to have begun a legal aid program which offers help and follow up on justice for the people of Kibera at no cost. He initiated a program through which parents could be able to access birth certificates for their children and of the 1820 applications made to the registrar of persons, 1560 children have so far been successfully issued with a document.
He believes that his strength lies in respecting people, believing in team work and is a good listener. His position is that he continues participating in the development agenda of the community regardless of whether elected or not. Mr. Kitavi believes that he is a person of high integrity and therefore is fit to lead.
3.0.7: Aspirant 7: Cecilia Achieng Ayot- Laini-Saba Ward
One of the many ladies who have taken the advantages of the constitution of Kenya 2010, Cecilia holds a Diploma in Elementary Accounting as well as a Certificate in County Governance and Management from Kenya College of Accountancy-University. Cecilia has demonstrated leadership in various capacities in Kibera and other areas that she has worked in and believes that she will clinch the county ward representative seat come the general elections. She was the founder member and the first chairperson of Kibera Community Development Trust, Kibera Empowerment Program and Vision Mothers. She has also worked as a consultant with Media Focus on Africa for community audio-visual learning through their programme the TEAM which majorly focused on ways of restoring peace after the post election violence that rocked the country in 2008.
Cecilia has also for a long time acted as a community mobilizer and civic educator for Africa Youth Trust. She is also a founder member of Usalama Reforms Forum which began as part of community policing. She is in politics to change the status quo, give an alternative leadership to champion community issues. She believes she is up to the task and wants to change the pattern of women in leadership from a perspective of have more women represented in leadership. Cecilia is also inspired to take up political office to change the face and picture of poverty, which she says for a long time, has been associated with the feminine gender.
She started St. Martin’s School, which predominantly helps children from single parent families’ access education and is proud of the success at the school, which currently has a population of approximately 250 children. She hopes to do more at the negotiation tables and influence decision making at policy level which she believes is the first step towards realizing any meaningful development in the constituency.
3.0.8: Aspirant 8: Asha Abdi Soso- Lindi ward
Born 50 years ago, Asha Abdi hails from Lindi ward, is married with 4 children and blessed with 4 grandchildren. She is one of the aspirants who was born and has ever lived in Kibera (Kibra). She was born and brought up in Kibera, attended Old Kibera Primary School, Khalsa Secondary School and Kinyanjui Technical Secondary School respectively. Asha has worked in several Asian companies in Nairobi’s Industrial area but was never satisfied and kept on searching for better opportunities. She later landed a job as a messenger in the local government where she had been working to date.
In preparation for county wards representation position, Asha enrolled for a county government course at Kenya College of Accountancy-University where she obtained a certificate in county governance and management. She promises to work together with the community to solve the pertinent issues affecting Kibra constituents and believes that women can also make very good leaders.

These sessions were set to happen after the introductions and bio data presentations by the aspirants. As such the session was largely run as an afternoon session. This was to give a chance to the audience to react to the presentations and ask questions. Although the questions were mostly addressed to individual speakers, most of them seemed repetitive and thus the need to generalize the responses at some point.
It was however observed that most of the aspirants did not come out well in articulating what they stand for as well as what they thought the problems of the constituency were. A majority of the aspirants did not have a clear road map and tangible ways of addressing the said problems. From the participants’ comments, most of them assured the aspirants that since they are known to the community; their record track is what would help them ascent to office coupled with clarity of the things that they hoped to achieve once elected.
It also came out quite often that the participants wanted to be assured of peace during and after the elections by the aspirants and that they would not incite pockets of persons from the society to engage in violence should they not clinch the position of county ward representatives in their respective wards.
Daniel ogonji, an aspiring county representative answers  a question
The participants were also concerned that most of the aspirants were not able to bring out the real issues affecting the community and that they were quite vague about how they hoped to address the issues. The fear raised by most of the participants was based on past experiences where they claimed that once the leaders got elected they would move out of the slum and even open offices out of the slum making the leaders inaccessible to the people who elected them and thus wanted an assurance that they would not suffer that same predicament with the lot seeking to be elected.
Without much success, the aspirants tried to assure the participants that they were not planning to move out of Kibera and in case that happened, then they would make sure that they open offices in the constituency to enhance accessibility.
4.0.1: Excerpts for Plenary 1
The following are some selected excerpts from the day’s deliberations where specific questions were addressed during the plenary session:
Participant:  I feel that your are selfish because even after saying that you did not want to be associated with G4S based on your principles and ideals, cornered with dire economic situation you still went ahead and worked for the same company. To name a community women group after your grandmother may also insinuate that you are a self-centered person.
Ogonji: G4S is an international group and I think people branded it wrongly and that is why I opted to work for it later when it merged with my former company. Regina Women Group is just a name like any other and I do not think that such a move paints me as a selfish person. I would like to assure you that I am a transparent leader.
Participant: Could you please tell us what you have done to the youth and people of Lindi for the 28 years that you have worked in the Ministry of Local Government?
Asha: I am employed and not in the board at the ministry which is in charge of decision making. The department I work in only deal with local authority workers and not individual people thus my mandate is limited. I have, however, helped other people at an individual capacity including educating an orphan in Lindi ward.
Participant: There is a very big problem in Laini-Saba regarding accessibility of the area and as a result, during fire break outs so much property is lost. What are you going to do about the issue once elected?
Cecilia: Advocate for a safe and dignified environment. If it might mean the situation is dire to a point of moving out of Kibera, I will be willing to move with as many as I can. My school also takes care of other orphans.
4.0.2: Excerpts for Plenary 2:
Insecurity was earmarked by most of the aspirants as a problem that cuts across the whole constituency and thus requiring attention. There are some aspirants who believed that designing policies that would favour the creation of jobs for the youth would help curb the problem. Others also thought that creating a 24-hour economy in the slum would ensure that more employment opportunities are created which in turn would ensure that most of the youth did not stay idle and thus not get a chance to engage in criminal activities.
The participants raised a concern that the past leadership has not been very keen to involve the community in development initiatives and thus most of the community projects ended up being hijacked by individuals while others were not relevant in addressing the real needs of the people. It was a concern that the number of toilets and water tank that the past leaders have brought to the slums are no longer in use because the community does not need them anymore. The aspirants as future leaders were called upon to re evaluate themselves with regards to their past engagement with the community and strategize a way forward whether or not they emerge successful in the coming election as this would ensure development for the constituency.
In particular, Asha, an aspirant in Lindi ward, assured the participants that being a mother she understood the challenges facing the youth and through conducting fundraising for the various youth groups, she believes that the youth will be able to start income generating activities to give them a source of income. However, the panel also urged the youth to shun laziness and work harder to get themselves to positions of leadership and work force. Without forgetting the needs of the women and the old in the community, the aspirants promised to embrace women empowerment in all spheres including economical, political and social spheres. Rosemary from Lindi reminded the participants that she was at the forefront advocating for the old peoples fund which has now gone a long way to economically lift the old people.
Realizing that most of the questions being asked heavily leaned on the failures of past leaderships the aspirants promised that if they get the chance to serve, through the peoples mandate, they would ensure that they develop a workable feedback mechanism for the community to ensure that there is effective communication with the electorate and that they engage the community effectively. On this note Mr. Kitavi urged the participants to get a hold of the current Social audit book which outlines all the projects in Kibera and how the funds were spent in each of the projects. By keeping abreast with current development information about the community, the leaders hoped that the community may start looking at politics as a tool for peace and development and not exploitation by the leaders as had been in the past.
4.0.3: Aspirants Parting Shot and Peace Messages
The following were some of the promises that the aspirants had for the participants and their constituents in general: Ramtu:
He urged the participants as a representation of the electorate to always correct them as leaders when they go wrong. He promised that if elected, he will ensure that friendly policies are made in the county assembly which will give the leaders the mandate to provide services to the people and promote development. Having networked with many stakeholders, he promises to push for 60% of the resources in Nairobi to go to the youth and 30% go to the women. He also laid a commitment to peace accepting that if large masses are left idle then there is recipe for chaos. Rosemary:
Based on her past engagement, which includes initiating Reform Youth Group to help curb crime and offer mentorship to the youth as well as helping the women access the Women Enterprise Fund, she promised to continue with the same activities but on a larger scale. Rosemary also hopes to build a village polytechnic in her Lindi Ward and change the sanitation situation in the constituency if elected. She believes peace cannot be treated in a cosmetic way and urged all the aspirants to engage in peaceful dialogues and campaigns. Ogutu:
He promises to help create wealth from garbage collection and market Kibera water which in turn will provide income for the community. He will also be at the fore front to push for the creation of a bio gas plant in Kibra. He hopes to be very instrumental in using the people as a resource to help them improve their life situations. Furthermore, he will invest in talent by creating more sports grounds for the youth.
In health matters, he promises to give the provision of ambulance services in Kibra a first priority although he would always consult to ensure that the community is in agreement with his development plans. He maintained that the achievement of peace can only come through more sensitization and awareness and called upon all the participants to cultivate in their own way the little initiatives that can foster peace. Ochola:
He promises to set up a social hub to engage more people especially the youth in Information, Communication and Technology. He also foresees a leadership which will involve the community in needs identification to help come up with relevant projects for the community. He singled peace as one of the needs of the community at all times and said it is a part of him that he must address as a leader. Ogonji:
Mr. Ogonji promised to give civic education to the community on what to expect from the leaders as well as their roles as voters while discouraging them from participating in election bribery. He plans to organize the wards into small manageable units to prevent insecurity and give the policemen the opportunity to patrol and ensure security in the constituency. He believed that sustainable peace is an individual responsibility and urged the youth not to pay a lip service to peace but keep it alive. Asha:
The lady aspirant from Lindi ward promises to engage her people in being development conscious and discouraging them from hindering development by explaining the benefits of such projects to the community. She also promises to educate her people on the need for peaceful elections and therefore assured that the next elections will be non violent. Ayot:
Miss Ayot promises to address the lack of social amenities in the constituency and tap talent especially among the youth to ensure that the youth can benefit from their talents. She notes that the successive leaderships have not been accessible to the people who elect them and usually lack the capacity to handle the development money that is given to them. As such, she promises to always be accessible to the people of her ward and ensure that their money is put into meaningful development projects. She also advised the youth to desist from political incitement and observe peace at all times.
There were issues that arose in the deliberations that needed to be captured as emerging issues that could be translated to the Public Debate for Nominated Candidates Forum next year. These are issues needed for feedback and yardstick for improvement and could perhaps make the Kibra leadership know what is more pressing for the constituents and act accordingly. Below are some major concerns:

5.0.1 Key emerging questions:
·           How did the aspirants contribute to enhancing the voter registration in their areas?
·           Which yardstick will the community use to gauge the effectiveness of their leaders participation in policy creation?
·           What roles will the aspirants play in ensuring peaceful elections?
·           How will the aspirants deal with grabbing of public projects by some of the powerful individuals in the constituency for personal benefits?
·           Do the aspirants understand their roles in the county government and what strategies are they using to ensure that the electorates also understand these roles?
·           How are the leaders planning to address the hygiene and health situation in the community?
·           What strategies do the aspirants have to curb bad leadership and irresponsible use of public money for personal gains?
·           What efforts are the aspirants putting in to address the issue of ethnicity among the electorate?
5.0.2 Key challenges in Kibra Constituency
These are the challenges members raised to be tackled in their order of urgency:
o   Insecurity
o   Lack of social amenities such as playgrounds
o   Access to water
o   Poor sanitation
o   Inadequate schools (Both formal and informal)
5.0.3: Recommendations
·         Conduct civic education and forums for the aspirants to enable them engage more meaningfully and tackle issues that they view as their vision.
·         Initiate a continuous short courses program for the elected ward representatives after the general elections to help them deliver the needed services to the people of Kibera.
·         Formation of a Kibera ward representatives’ caucus to allow for enhanced coordination and improved service delivery.
·         Conduct the forums in different wards in the constituency to diversify participation


The Initiative for Community Action recognizes that real and long lasting-change will never come if people do not feel moral and ethical responsibility towards each other as a community. Residents of Kibera have found few reasons to take in them and therefore feel left out in decision making processes. However, from this partnership with Umande Trust, Sustainable Energy and supported with the European Union through the project “Inter-Ethnic Youth Dialogue and Peaceful Reconciliation” (which majorly made this event a success) ICA has offered the right platform for an opportunity to build a sense of civic pride in people who in the past have felt sidelined, marginalized, and left to merely “survive.”  This, if sustained, will in essence lead to better leadership, finding better people-driven solutions for Kibera’s socio-political issues and ensuring better quality life and greater opportunities for all.

Report compiled by Ramogi Osewe
Assistant Coordinator
The Initiative for Community Action



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  2. http://allafrica.com/stories/201301240933.html
    another interesting story of Action inter-ethnic dialogue is here