Peace 4 Kenya Campaign
It's a no brainer that every time Kenya goes into an election, violence breaks out in the country. This has been the case since the advent of multipartyism; 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007. If the situation is not averted, the situation will not be any different in 2012.
Politicians are characteristically preparing themselves for next year’s elections, even before the dust of 2007 settles. The big question is: are we as a country prepared for 2012? Have we put measures in place that will ensure the horrific scenes witnessed in 2007/2008 do not recur? What are we as a nation doing to ensure a peaceful and stable Kenya?
The government has spearheaded the process of developing of a peace policy since 2003, but the adoption of this policy is yet to see the light of the day, 7 years down the line. In order to prevent the recurrence of post poll chaos, Kenya has to adopt a Peace Policy.
Reforms have been taking place in the country, however, these reforms cannot thrive in a country where there is no lasting durable solution to peace.
Kenya is unique in many aspects. It is the only country among its peers in Eastern Africa that has developed a draft Peace Policy. This is an excellent opportunity for Kenya to put its best foot forward and be ahead of the game by adopting the draft peace Policy and implementing it to the letter. 2012 is certainly not the year to be caught flat footed. Onus is upon the government to accelerate the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive policy that adequately addresses conflicts.
A policy framework will guarantee government commitment to finance and coordinate peace initiatives in one clear direction for greater impact. The civil society is in the process of creating awareness on the draft peace policy as well as collecting views of the public and other stakeholders.
As non-state actors in the processes of peace building, Kituo Cha Sheria and other like minded organizations are organizing community outreach forums to discuss the draft peace policy and to catalyze a nationwide drive to demand for its adoption. We cannot wait for government to give us a policy framework at its convenient time, because the process which began in 2003 ought to have been effectively completed by now.
We are therefore asking you to join us in this noble initiative by signing this petition. This is the only way to ensure durable peace in Kenya. Kituo Cha Sheria believes that this is a worthy cause, not only for today but for the future generations.
God, Bless Kenya.
Amani, Siri ya Ustawi!!