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KENYA: A SHINING LIGHT IN POLITICAL PARTY DIALOGUE. NJERI KABEBERI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CENTRE FOR MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY (CMD-KENYA). KENYA: POLITICAL LANDSCAPE.

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Kenya a shining light in political party dialogue

KENYA: A SHINING LIGHT IN POLITICAL PARTY DIALOGUE

NJERI KABEBERI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CENTRE FOR MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY

(CMD-KENYA)


Kenya political landscape

KENYA: POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

  • Kenya’s Independence from Britain in 1963: We are a Multi-party state with Kenya National African Union (KANU) being the front runner.

  • The bliss of multi-party politics ends in 1969, with key opposition leaders being arrested and detained without trial - the country becomes de facto one party state.

  • Following the attempted coup in 1982: The situation for multi-party politics becomes even worse; in June 1982, the National Assembly officially declares a one party state by amending the law, making Kenya a de jure one party state.


Political landscape continued

POLITICAL LANDSCAPE CONTINUED

  • In December 1991; Parliament annuls the one party section of the Constitution and Kenya returns to multi-party politics.

  • The 2002 General Elections is the 3rd one since the onset of multi-party politics.

  • The National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) finally rid the nation of what was globally perceived as a KANU dictatorship.


Highlight moments for cmd kenya

HIGHLIGHT MOMENTS FOR CMD-KENYA

  • ‘Dialogue is not one more way: its the only way’! This was the position held by CMD and its partners in the Kofi Annan mediated talks of January-February 2008.

  • CMD was at the forefront of supporting the 2010 Constitution Process and accompanying Legal and Institutional Reforms

  • CMD-Kenya: A platform of equals (big and small political parties are members of the centre)

  • CMD-Kenya has Sustainable Structures and early buy-ins at the onset in 2004 gave the members something to hold on to and defend.

  • Facilitation skills are key to a successful dialogue process


Kenya a shining light in political party dialogue

Evidence in my country has shown that development is related to politics and every time we have a weak political moment (2008) security, human rights and development are highly affected.


Institutionalization of political parties the case of cmd kenya

“INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES”THE CASE OF CMD-KENYA

  • Direct support to political party leadership and party cadres: Bilateral and Cross party programs

  • Inclusivity: Gender mainstreaming in politics, Youth in political parties, participation of minorities and PWDs

  • Communicating effectively to the outside publics/internally

    5. Contribution and support to the Political Parties Act (PPA 2007 and 2011)

    6. Issues of national importance: Conflict Mitigation, Constitution, Memorization of our history, building bridges of understanding


Next steps

NEXT STEPS

Leadership Institute for Political Parties!

Actualization of the 2/3rds gender rule in the political arena

Continued support of the Dialogue Platform

National and County level Support

A new breed of political leadership: Youth and Communication capacity building

Implementation of a new constitution


Action points for eu commission

Action Points for EU Commission

  • Compliment efforts of the NIMD in supporting development of political parties.

  • Where possible work with the CMDs in the country (Kenya has exemplified that the CMD-Kenya has added value to major governance issues and moved in at critical moments).

  • Political Party Dialogue is working in many countries and it is an entry point towards Good Governance as indeed politics affects everything else in a country.


Asante sana

ASANTE SANA

CENTRE FOR MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY

(CMD-KENYA)

  • Sixth (6th) floor, International House

  • P.O. BOX 9903-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Tel: +254-20-2215731/82 or +254-20-2216118/9

  • Fax: +254-20-2216119

  • Email: [email protected]

  • www.cmd-kenya.org


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