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3037Re: Peace and Reconciliation - Kalenjin and Kikuyu elders meet in Eldoret

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Apr 1, 2008
      Kenneth, 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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