3037Re: Peace and Reconciliation - Kalenjin and Kikuyu elders meet in Eldoret
- Apr 1, 2008Kenneth, Greetings from Vilnius and I will tell Kennedy Owino the good
news. Thank you for your encouraging letter! You inspire us. Let us
think how we can support your efforts. Andrius Kulikauskas
chelimo kenneth wrote:
> Dear Andrius and All,
> I hope everyone is OK as the communia meeting comes to
> a close in Vilnius.
> Today Wesley Chirchir Chebii and myself attended a
> very crucial mediation meeting beween Kikuyu and
> Kalenjin elders at Asis Hotel in Eldoret. The meeting
> was convened by World Vision with Moses Masinde as the
> lead person. The meeting was called to work out on
> modalities of healing and reconciliation among the two
> communities which were engaged in the post election
> violence in the area. The immediate plan is to have
> those in IDP camps resettled in their original homes.
> The two teams agreed to promote peaceful coexistence
> between the two communities. However some elders drawn
> from the IDP camps feared going back to their farms
> due to what they termed "unforgetable" experiences
> associated with post-election violence.
> The two teams agreed that the mediation teams should
> be expanded to include more women and youth. It was
> also agreed that since there were many peace
> initiatives in the area, there was need to harmonize
> the activities. A meeting to harmonize the initiatives
> will be held tomorrow and POP team will attend.
> The Eldoret catholic Diocese, Anglican Church of
> Kenya, SDV and POP were mandated to mobilize women and
> youth in the peace initiatives in the area so that all
> and sundry are brought on board the peace building
> team in the area. Use of media was recommended in the
> mobilization exercise so that a wide area is reached.
> Given the task, Wesley and I need to reach out widely.
> I have also called John Kihara who is a POP member in
> Eldoret to join our efforts and explained to him about
> today's meeting. We may therefore need adequate
> airtime and funds to travel to rural areas to meet
> women and youth and encourage them to join the peace
> building and reconciliation initiative.
> During the meeting, it was encouraging to hear that
> some IDPs in some areas in Cherangany (Geta) have
> returned to their farms to continue with their daily
> chores. The aim of the Eldoret meeting is to have IDPs
> in the area emulate the Geta scenario. Felix Kipruto
> who is our POP pointman in Cherangany should be in a
> position to give us more details on this. Joseph
> Chumba who is another POP member in Eldoret should
> also come on board as we enter this crucial stage of
> bringing different communities to a negotiating table
> to chart the way forward.
> Iam sure you will appreciate the factor that elders
> from the two communities can now share a table and
> even a cup of tea and chat together inorder to resolve
> the post election violence impasse. We anticipate
> positive outcomes as discussions progress. We will
> keep updating you of the progress. Stay in Peace.
> Ken Chelimo
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