Recent Activities and Events of KMCP

KMCP Paxromana in conjunction with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other Faith based organisations notably Edmond Rice advocacy and Franciscans International, and civil society organizations in Kenya organised the live screening, through a webcast of the review of Kenya under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The only public viewing was done at the Auditorium of Paul VI Learning resource Centre at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi on , January 22nd 2015.


Over three hundred participants followed proceeding at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and later held a panel discussion on the emerging themes. The participants included Catholic professionals, members of the civil society in Kenya and students mainly from IMCS Paxromana and IYCS from a number of universities in Kenya. The panelists included Senator Hassan Omar of Mombasa a former commissioner at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. He has always been critical and vocal on the extrajudicial killings and warned the public about the contested security law that was recently enacted by Kenyan parliament. Other panelists included two MPs i.e Hon Cecilia Ngetich representing women for Bomet County and strong on the question of education of the girl child. Hon Isaac Mwaura representing persons with disabilities in parliament found favour in the proceedings since issues of his constituents were raised by several states at the review.


The panel also included chairpersons of two constitutional bodies i.e Commissioner Kagwiria Mbogori of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights- the NHRI and Mr. Kinuthia Wa Mwangi of the Transitional Authority, Mr. Kinuthia Wamwangi is a former Leader and a current member of KMCP. Other panelists included  Ms. Judy Oloo a lecture of international human rights law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. and Mr. Michael Ole Tiampati from PNDK made a strong case for pastoralists and indigenous peoples.Mr. Richard Kakeeto of Franciscans International who also lectures at the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics of Catholic University of Eastern Africa moderated the panel.


What stood out was the combative mode of Attorney General, Githu Muigai who quipped at any mention of the ICC at the proceedings. The participants at the UPR webcast saw and heard for themselves how the state denied the existence of any Human Rights Defenders in prison but carefully avoiding to mention that there are several on trial. The participants also heard the government affirming that the current security laws are benchmarked on those of the US and UK but carefully kept off saying that these governments have since revised their security laws to be more respectful of human rights.


To the grassroots CBOs who participated, it was a great learning experience. They now have a clue of where the process ends or even begins. The organizing and sponsoring partners can now count on a more enlightened CBO leaders the next time they are invited to evaluate the state’s performance. The Law students now have something to think about. The Justice and peace students have been excited too.


Several sponsoring and organizing partners organized the event collaboratively. The French Embassy supported the event financially and the ambassador gave closing remarks. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; Kenya Human Rights Commission mobilized people on social media, distributed the advocacy charter and made financial contributions to the event, the Kenya Movement of Catholic Professionals, Franciscans International, The office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa, Edmund Rice Advocacy Network; The last four of which are doing a great job in ensuring that Faith Based organizations take the UN human rights mechanisms seriously. They mobilized their networks to participate in the screening and made financial contributions towards the screening.
Better follow up networks have been formed around each network’s interest areas. Participants can now look forward to lobbying the state to accept recommendation and implement them.