MKENYA DAIMA INITIATIVE HOLDS A MEETING WITH THE CIVIL SOCIETY
Mkenya Daima Initiative held a consultative meeting with the Civil Society leaders on 9th March 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The aim of the meeting was to share an updated of what each partner has been spearheading since the last meeting and also to update each other on the plans lined up as we approach the 2017 General Elections. This was a follow up to an earlier meeting held in April last year with a group of the civility society members.
The Mkenya Daima chair Dr. Vimal Shah did a presentation that highlighted what MKenya Daima has done since the last meeting in April. He also highlighted some of the groups that MKenya Daima has engaged with including the Faith Based Organisations, media editors, the senators, Members of Parliament and H.E. the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta during the leadership summit held in Kwale County last year in December. He also mentioned that a total of 184 peace pledges have been signed including by the key leaders of government and sectors. He emphasized on the need for all leaders to sign as their commitment to free, fair, peaceful and credible elections.
The MKenya Daima chair also mentioned that MKenya Daima will be pushing for the Kagua Kabla Kuchagua message that is; the need for all Kenyans to vet their leaders before electing them in power. This message will be pushed through mainstream media as well as through ground activations. The messaging will also highlight the need for every Kenyan to take responsibility on voting for a leader who has the right values –leadership ethos, transparency, speaks truth to power and preaches peace. This will be through #NiWajibuWetu hashtag.
Mr. George Kegoro who is the co-convener of Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu said that there is need to be careful with the approach that MKenya Daima will use with the different groups since every group has their own directives. He also said that Justice is as well important and necessary for this country. Mr. Kegoro also said that Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu will also demand for accountability in addition to peace.
The Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu Co-convener said that he is grateful for the efforts that Mkenya Daima is trying to put in place to bridge the popularities and said that he will continue to work and support its efforts.
During the plenary discussions, there were suggestions such as the need for Mkenya Daima to relook at its strategy of engagement with the different groups such as the media by engaging the journalists in addition to the editors, the need to also incorporate the message of justice alongside the peace message as well as the need to be inclusive when preaching peace before, during and after elections. There were also suggestions that MKenya Daima should bring out the Kenyan map and zone out the hotspot areas early enough and start spreading the MKenya Daima peace messages.
Dr. Caesar Mwangi the MKenya Daima steering committee member said that we all have an opportunity to make a difference since we Kenyans stand a chance of electing the leaders we want hence the need to be wise while voting and the need to ‘Kagua kabla ya kuchagua’. In addition he said that the issue of peace is not a symbol but a responsibility to each and every Kenyan. He also emphasized that by signing the Mkenya Daima (non-violence) peace pledge signifies a personal commitment to promote peace and not as an Organization, group or family commitment.