Peace and Reconciliation - Kalenjin and Kikuyu elders meet in Eldoret/Ken C-Wesley-Felix-Joseph-John-Rachel
- Dear Ken, Wesley, Felix, Joseph, John, and All,
Hello and excellent report! World Vision has many invaluable programs, and
it would be worth exploring how to link and hopefully work with them more
Can you give us a follow-up to this first meeting now? It sounds as though
there has been another meeting to harmonize individual activities in that
area into a joint approach--which is so important--so hopefully you can give
us an idea of what has been discussed and proposed as the way forward, and
how we as POP can be involved and help.
You mention airtime and funds for travel, in particular to engage women and
youth in the peace-building process, and I wonder what you envision you will
need? Funds are short for all of us, but airtime is do-able for me, so
please let us know particulars.
I wonder about a proposal to the NRI? Would this be worthwhile? Rachel,
what do you think (I ask Rachel because she is connected directly to this
We will surely help to encourage and support you in any way we can, and
greatest thanks and blessings for this wonderful work for peace! We raise
our glass of tea in toast to thee, and pray that partners in peace we will
always be! Janet
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
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
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.
I am 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.