Kenya: Challenges and opportunities for peace-building and conflict resolution towards elections 2017 in Kenya

 

from Chemichemi Ya Ukweli, the active nonviolence movement in Kenya

Kenya has seen exciting political times in the last four years. After the elections of 2013, the country was gripped by the possibility of both the president and his deputy being convicted at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. They were both left off the hook, one after the other. The two had barely settled when it emerged that there were many cases of alleged high level corruption highlighted by the opposition coalition. The previously weak opposition Coalition CORD, soon became robust and has since been going all over the country unveiling one corrupt action after another, placing the government in defense mode. The exciting bit is that the same government had been mocking the opposition as weak and ineffective for nearly three years. The current call for corrupt powerful agents in government to resign comes in the wake of another election slated for 8 August 2017. Earlier in the year, the opposition party went to the streets demanding a fresh review of election laws as well as the disbanding of the electoral commission. The church joined in the fray, seeking a fair alternative dispute resolution and arbitration of the standoff. Within weeks of its involvement, religious leaders were tasked with finding a new team of commissioners for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). A great responsibility and trust! ...

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