Terms of Reference for Recruitment of Inuka Chief Executive Officer

1. Background

Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! is a Kenyan grassroots social movement organisation founded in 2009 and registered/incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2012. It envisions a peaceful, united and well-governed Kenya with equal economic and social opportunity for all citizens. The organisation exists to empower Kenyan citizens to improve their lives and demand good governance as a means to achieve socio-economic growth and equality of opportunity among all Kenyans. It purposes to curate a social movement (the Ni Sisi! Movement) that will seek to unite Kenyans to forge a collective identity, drive transformation in leadership and improve maisha — wellbeing — for all Kenyans. To this end, Inuka supports community groups/organisations and collaborates with initiatives at the local, national and regional level to build capacity and linkages for effective collective action. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi!’s philosophy is underpinned by the concept of “dignity before development” — each individual’s inherent dignity must be upheld at all levels of interaction. Inuka Kenya has developed three strategic objectives which, together, will form the basis upon which citizens at the local level will found their efforts to take charge of their citizenship and governance processes. As such, the three objectives are the key pillars that will support the creation of a Ni Sisi! social movement. These three objectives are:

  1. Using technology to disrupt and replace norms and narratives that dehumanize and instrumentalize violence, tribalism and inequality
  2. To build, protect, restore and ensure human dignity, harness collective positive identity, foster trust between citizens and state
  3. To transition to a civic movement through partnerships, collaboration and membership leveraging hopes, aspirations and fears for an activated citizen holding the government to account.

2. Objectives

Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! Ltd would like to engage a recruitment agency to lead and manage the process of recruiting and selecting for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The agency will also be expected to advise on the execution of a strategic leadership onboarding and transition process.

The main Objectives of the consultancy are to:

  • Provide an independent and external HR recruitment service for a well-planned and timely recruitment and selection of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

3. Scope and Methodology

The operational scope of this consultancy service will include:

  • Deliver an in-person workshop with the board members on executive director recruitment best practices and facilitate conversation on recruitment process direction.
  • Develop a work plan covering planning, recruitment and candidate assessment
  • Provide advice and support development of templates for recruiting – criteria and procedure for
  • sourcing candidates, shortlisting and interviewing guide
  • Advertise, headhunt, receive applications, longlist, organize regular update and review calls and submit a shortlist of suitable applicants at first and subject these to written assessment, then eliminate and recommend candidates for consideration by the Board
  • Create a reference check guide and provide advice on successful leadership onboarding and transition.
  • Develop a final report of the process

4. Methodology

The consultant will develop the methodology in collaboration with the Inuka Board and prepare the Inception Report to be presented to Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! Ltd. The process will be led by an independent consultancy firm skilled in the field of Human Resource.

5. Deliverables / Expected Outputs

The shortlisted consultant(s) is therefore expected to provide the following deliverables:

  • Summary of interpretation of the TOR and work plan.
  • Summary of the report to the recruiting task force.
  • Receive applications through the recruiting agency email address.
  • Recruitment plan that includes the advert
  • Together with the Board review the recruitment design/plan
  • Considering the JD/job profile, the agency will work out / strategize on how to get the right candidates and appraise all the applicants
  • A report on the demerits and the merits of the shortlisted candidates
  • The recruiting agency presents the summary of the report to the recruiting task force.
  • Work together with the Board Taskforce to design review individual /group questions (interview, written and presentation, group discussion) and tailor make them to address the kind of competency required for organization leadership
  • Provide a shortlist of the applicants in consultation with the Board
  • Recommend suitable candidate (s) to the Board.
  • Provide technical support to the Board Task Force during final interviews
  • Develop a final report of the recruitment and present to a full sitting of the Board

6. Work Plan and Time Schedule

The Consultant must conclude the entire exercise by June 15, 2023. Bids for the Consultancy must include clearly articulated and detailed technical proposal interpreting the TORs, and activities schedule/work plans with clear outputs within specified milestones.

7. Consultants’ Profile

Inuka seeks to engage the services of qualified and experienced consultancy firms to undertake the exercise.

7.1 Qualifications & Experience

The ideal agency will have an already established vast network of potential candidates ideally from Kenya. The Agency will also have substantial experience recruiting for positions within International non-profit Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. They will be required to demonstrate the availability of capable consultants to implement the scope of work

The agency must have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Advanced educational background in human resource management
  • The agency is registered under the Institute of Human Resource Management and licensed to offer outsourced recruitment services
  • Proven experience in recruitment and selection, and offering advice on onboarding and leadership transition for an I/NGO
  • Proven experience in handling recruitment of Executive Director or a similar role in a similar organization
  • Ability to maintain high standards of confidentiality, professionalism and sound judgment
  • Previous proven work experience in similar assignments with NGOs will be given preference
  • Experience in working in Kenya and thorough knowledge of Civil Society sector in Kenya
  • Consultancy team with required credentials, knowledge and skills for the required assignment
  • Understanding of local labor laws, safeguarding requirements (organizational code of conducts), procurement rules and internationally accepted best practices and standards

8. Budget and Logistics

The consultant shall submit the proposed budget with broken down costs for particular items, for the assignment, including breakdown and justification.

9. Submission of Proposal/EOI

Based on the above, Inuka is inviting interested parties to submit expressions of interest. Individuals or firms applying shall detail the following:

  • All applications should include the following documents:
  • Practising certificate and license from the Institute of Human Resource Management, for the agency and the team
  • Consultants’ profile and Capability Statement describing the technical capacity and experience of the firm or group of individuals
  • Previous relevant experience – listing previous work examples or links of similar work, client recommendation letters
  • Names and resume of individual(s) or team members proposed and their roles in the achievement of the assignment and their contact details. The staff should be members of the relevant professional body.
  • Technical Proposal interpretation the Terms of Reference (TORs)
  • Financial Proposal clearly demonstrating the costs of the consultancy.
  • Detailed implementation plan and time frames.

The assignment will commence on July 26, 2023 and be completed and a final report submitted by August 15, 2023.

The proposal shall be sent, in soft to the following emails: procurement@inukakenya.com and copy info@inukakenya.com

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2023

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Programme Officer – Maskani Ya Taifa

About Inuka

Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! is a Kenyan grassroots social movement organisation founded in 2009 and registered/incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2012. It envisions a peaceful, united and well-governed Kenya with equal economic and social opportunity for all citizens. The organisation exists to empower Kenyan citizens to improve their lives and demand good governance as a means to achieve socio-economic growth and equality of opportunity among all Kenyans. It purposes to curate a social movement (the Ni Sisi! Movement) that will seek to unite Kenyans to forge a collective identity, drive transformation in leadership and improve maisha — wellbeing — for all Kenyans. To this end, Inuka supports community groups/organisations and collaborates with initiatives at the local, national and regional level to build capacity and linkages for effective collective action. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi!’s philosophy is underpinned by the concept of “dignity before development” — each individual’s inherent dignity must be upheld at all levels of interaction.

Maskani Ya Taifa – a flagship advocacy initiative of Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi Ltd is an iterative online-offline platform established to counter negative narratives and be the de facto issue-based online civic education, participation and accountability platform in Kenya, to catalyse civic dialogue between citizens and their leadership and to disseminate information on CSO impact with a view to bridge the gap between CSOs and citizens.

Essential Functions: As the Programme Officer – MYT, you will be responsible for the production, oversight, growth and sustainability of the programme. You will report to the Programme Manager – Knowledge and Technology. You will be required to perform the duties set out hereunder and such other duties as we may require you to undertake from time to time

Job Title: Programme Officer-Maskani Ya Taifa (MYT)

Supervisor: Programme Manager – Knowledge and Technology

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. To consolidate Maskani Ya Taifa as a defacto offline-online civic learning platform that promotes active citizenry to disrupt prevailing negative narratives and norms
  2. Establish, expand, strengthen and ensure functional and operational citizen hubs (invited and invented) as spaces for civic action for individual agencies, civic groups and actors
  3. Ensure building of scenarios and structuring online and offline campaigns with focus on their short term, mid-term and long-term aspects
  4. Create, manage and monitor institutional and project social media platforms as assigned
  5. Capacity Development of Maskani hubs and actors in all Ni Sisi! Chapters.
  6. Establishing the Maskani marketplace infrastructure
  7. Participate in the building of the Ni Sisi social movement for a transformed leadership and enhanced accountability.
  8. Work with Civil Society Organizations and develop partnerships with Civic Actors around Maskani hub activities
  9. To enhance the Maskani Ya Taifa Digital Management and establish functional digital platforms (media accounts) to disrupt and replace narratives that dehumanize and instrumentalise violence, tribalism and inequality.
  10. To catalyse homegrown solutions through active citizen platforms to address prevailing and emerging Kenyan issues through sustained civilian oversight.
  11. Curate MYT Campaigns in conjunction with Maskani hubs and civic actors
  12. Monitor online narratives and mount online and offline counter-insurgency measures
  13. Fundraising
  14. Research, documentation, data capture and analysis and reporting as appropriate

Academic and Professional Experience

  1. University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Development Studies, Social Science or a related field
  2. Minimum of at least Five (5) years experience working in similar programs with in advocacy and accountability organisations and networks.
  3. Experience in creating, curating and managing social media platforms

Skills and Personal Attributes

  1. Understanding of the key governance issues in Kenya and the barriers to achieving a just and equitable society; understanding of social movement building processes, civic engagement, campaigns and human rights.
  2. Competence in managing social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and other related supporting applications, including their analytic platforms.
  3. Experience in developing and leading the implementation of effective nationwide campaign strategies in Kenya.
  4. Experience of working with networks or coalitions and building partnerships.
  5. Ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships and work with a diverse group of stakeholders in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment.
  6. Strong experience in organisational management, project management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, and finance management.
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills and networking abilities.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Kiswahili and English.
  9. Experience of writing, documentation and reporting
  10. Advanced computer and software deployment skills (proficiency in computer applications)
  11. Good people management skills with a solid understanding of change management processes, performance management, time management, and results-based management, and team building.
  12. Personal character: Having good personal track record, integrity, honest, dedicated, dynamic, showing respect to others, team builder and time manager.

How to Apply

Only candidates who meet the set criteria should submit applications together with their updated curriculum vitae that include details of daytime contacts, names and contacts of three referees addressed to careers@inukakenya.com and copy info@inukakenya.com with “Programme Officer-Maskani Ya Taifa (MYT)” in the subject line not later than June 15, 2023.

Inuka Kenya is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Further details of Inuka Kenya’s work can be obtained from our website www.nisisikenya.com

Okoa Uchumi Coalition: Refusal to Participate in Perfunctory Article IV Consultations

Ms Haimanot Teferra,
Mission Chief
International Monetary Fund (IMF) African Department C/O IMF Kenya Office
Delta Centre Building, 12th Floor
Menengai Road, Upper Hill

Re: Trade Negotiations under the Kenya/United States Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) Must Address the Common Interests of Both Countries.

Dear Ms Haimanot,

Following the invitation by the IMF Nairobi Office to participate in consultations with your office on the ongoing fiscal consolidation program in Kenya, as Civil Society under the Okoa Uchumi Campaign umbrella decline the invitation to engage with the IMF . The decision to abstain from the meeting is premised on the fact that despite previous meetings, we, as Civil Society, strongly feel that our collective contributions to the process has deliberately been ignored by the IMF, and the consultations are being used to legitimise a process that continues to put majority of Kenyans at a greater risk of hunger and poverty, in spite of our dissatisfaction and protests.

Over the past few years, the Okoa Uchumi Campaign has consistently engaged with the IMF, shared several submissions (both oral and written) regarding the fiscal consolidation program and Kenya’s economic development, governance, and challenges. During these sessions, the campaign members felt the lack of the IMF’s interest in a meaningful engagement premised by the lack of concrete responses or considerations on the submissions made; as well as the glaring lack of consideration of the effects of austerity measures on growing inequality, hunger, and poverty in the country, harming the most vulnerable of our population.

While expressing our dissatisfaction with IMF’s engagement with Civil Society, we would like to reiterate and call to your attention the following concerns which the Campaign has raised during the previous ‘consultations’:

1. Rising and Unsustainable Public Debt

While we acknowledge the fact that the fiscal consolidation program has brought about a marginal increase in accountability in public finance matters, we still have a number of abiding concerns. Public debt is surging, especially commercial debt, with an increased lack of transparency and accountability. The amendments to the Public Finance Management regulations (PFM) to replace the current ceiling on debt issuance (at Ksh 10 trillion) with a medium-term debt-to-GDP anchor of 55 percent of GDP is likely to create more room for public sector borrowing without much accountability if transparency is not taken care of and ultimately prudent spending that reduces the fiscal deficit.

2. Monetary Policy

We strongly feel that the inflation-focused monetary policy that the IMF supports will continue to make the economy unproductive. This is because it affects the prioritization of other important goals such as rapid economic growth and employment creation. This focus on stabilization rather than growth and development has been promoted at the expense of achieving economic growth, enabling austerity that undermines gender responsive public service, employment creation, reducing the care burden on women and poverty reduction.

3. Good governance

Furthermore, the adequate levels of transparency and accountability regarding debt contracting, debt use, debt repayment and transparency around public procurement has not been achieved. We have in the past challenged the IMF to use its position to push for accountability in these matters. Corruption in Kenya and especially around public finance matters remains a major problem with high levels of impunity witnessed. Governance reforms especially around budget implementation and resource use, affects the question of accountability. Despite these observations to your offices, nothing has been done to assuage our concerns on the matter.

4. Burden of Taxation

In addition, the Treasury revised upwards its borrowing in the current financial year to cover the tax revenue shortfall that was expected, due to the reduction in government spending and cost cutting measures outlined in the fiscal consolidation program. While the cost cutting measures were supported by the IMF, this brought about increased commercial borrowing, and is taking Kenya to a risky debt position, a burden that unfortunately will be borne mostly by women. Higher taxation will not deal with the problem of debt, rather this can only be dealt with by making the debts productive, reducing the cost of further borrowing to service debts, and increasing accountability.

The Okoa Uchumi Campaign challenged the IMF to explore all available options to ensure that the government puts measures for balanced revenue raising strategies that do not strain the economy especially reducing people’s disposable income and expenditure on social services. This has not been done and the government has imposed a huge burden of taxation on the citizens. We further requested a conversation of all parties i.e., CSOs, Private Sector, Government, and the IMF before this round of consultations and that too has not happened. We therefore feel the obligation to break rank with the consultations and stand in solidarity with Kenyan citizens in opposing the proposed tax amendments.

We wish to point out that the proposals contained in the Tax Amendment Bill that was recently enacted in the Parliament of Kenya are only going to hurt the economy further. We note, for example, that the 1.5 percent Digital Services Tax has been eliminated on recommendation while digital content creators will be levied a withholding tax of 15 percent on their earnings. This is an unfair allocation of the burden of taxation. Such proposed revenue raising measures are misaligned with the governments purported pro-poor / pro-hustler narrative and are likely to undermine entrepreneurship effort especially among the low-income groups. The IMF had previously recommended the introduction of V A T on petroleum products which the government implemented (8% in Uhuru’s regime and now it is proposed to be raised to 16%). This will adversely affect a wide spectrum of the low-income population. Furthermore, the taxation measures proposed on the productive sector that is agriculture are unwarranted as they will make a sector that is consistently challenged by negative externalities (pandemic, climate change and natural hazards) sink further into unproductive territory with the likely effect being inflationary pressure on consumers and more significantly the loss of livelihood for a majority of Kenyans – and disproportionately affecting smallholder women farmers. Ultimately, the Bill as it is will only hinder the realisation of the benefits of progressive tax and subsequent investment in education which is key for a country as Kenya.

The focus given by the IMF on the above matters, further shifts the world’s focus from the climate injustices that ought to be addressed now. The vicious cycle with the climate crisis cannot be separated from the debt crisis conversations to hold countries responsible for global warming and deter the use of debts as a mitigating measure to the crisis. It will be important for the IMF to note that 93% of countries vulnerable to the climate crisis are in debt distress or significant risk of debt distress and hence spending so much on debt, that they are likely to be cutting spending on public services hence making it impossible to invest in feminist, just transitions.

We demand that the fiscal consolidation process ensures the principles of public participation, transparency, and accountability as enshrined in the constitution and in the Public Finance Management Act are adhered to, and that the IMF consider the impact and burden of austerity on the most vulnerable of citizens. We once again call for the IMF to show good faith and accountability in the Article IV consultation process, to ensure that the voice of the citizens directly and through the civil society is heard.

Sincerely,

The undersigned Okoa Uchumi Campaign members.

  1. The Institute for Social Accountability
  2. Econews Africa
  3. East African Tax and Governance Network
  4. Action Aid Kenya
  5. The Kenya Human Rights Commission
  6. Transparency International Kenya
  7. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! Ltd
  8. International Budget Partnerships Kenya
  9. Centre for Economic Governance
  10. Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)
  11. CRAWN Trust
  12. Christian Aid Kenya
  13. Centre for Fiscal Affairs
  14. Katiba Institute
  15. Oxfam International Kenya
  16. Institute of Public Finance Kenya

CSO Letter to the Assistant United States Trade Representative

Ms Constance Hamilton
Assistant United States Trade Representative
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative,
1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20508.

Re: Trade Negotiations under the Kenya/United States Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) Must Address the Common Interests of Both Countries.

Dear Amb. Hamilton,

We welcome you to Nairobi for the trade negotiations with the Kenyan Government for the STIP. Before we state our issues, we invite you to appraise yourself with the World Economic Forum’s scenarios on the Future of Mining and Metals until 2030. From this analysis, we understand that the world has changed from a unipolar axis to a form of rebalanced globalism that is multipolar. We invite the United States (US) to approach these negotiations from this understanding. On the occasion of these negotiations, we strongly feel the US should consider negotiating the STIP for the common good of both Kenya and itself. Specifically, we invite the US to consider moving away from its persuasions of the political philosophy of Adam Smith and zero-sum game theory and consider the persuasion of Nobel Prize winner John Nash and his seminal works on equilibrium game theory. In simple terms, we invite the USTR to consider both the self-interest of the US as well as the common good between itself and Kenya. This is the only way forward.

The first step of this common good approach is the question of transparency. The US has maintained an opaque approach to these negotiations preferring to only engage Government and not availing the negotiating texts to other stakeholders. This is not negotiation in good faith. If indeed the agreement is a partnership, it should be undertaken in a transparent manner. We note that Kenya has in the past adopted transparency in the negotiation of the East African Community/European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EAC/EU EPA) by availing negotiating texts to all stakeholders under the Kenya Post-Lomé Trade Program (KEPLOTRADE). While your good office has indicated it only has good intentions in these negotiations, we need to verify that this is indeed the true position. That verification will be done through the making available of proposed texts to all concerned stakeholders. To ensure full participation, all negotiation rounds should be announced beforehand and open to broad public stakeholder engagement in both Kenya and the U.S. Finally, we ask that all related materials and consolidated texts be published in a timely manner after each round of negotiations so that the public has the opportunity to review and comment on each proposal before the agreement is finalized.’

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jCA0_3Pyvo 1

We feel that the US has not demonstrated good faith from the onset of these negotiations. This is because it has pushed Kenya to remove the digital services tax as well as legalize biotechnology, two key planks of policy leverage that could be useful in the negotiations. Coming against a background of a serious revenue shortfall and a limited base for domestic resource mobilization, we feel that the US is being selfish and not considering accommodating Kenya’s ability to fund its budget.

The second concern we have if there is to be a STIP is the scope of this agreement. Without more information about this agreement (e.g. the negotiating texts), it is difficult to provide relevant comments. However, based on the information in the STIP launch statement, we strongly feel that there should be no:

  • provisions affecting agriculture in the STIP. However, if there are provisions relating to agriculture in the STIP, there should be no provisions in the STIP that restrict Kenya’s agricultural regulatory or policy space e.g. in the agriculture or other chapters
  • digital trade chapter negotiated in the STIP. However, if there are provisions relating to digital trade in the STIP, they should not restrict Kenya’s regulatory or policy space, including there should be no provisions:

o Restricting customs duties on electronic transmissions
o Restricting the use of digital services taxes
o Requiring cross-border data flows to be allowed or restricting data localisation requirements.
o Restricting regulation of electronic authentication/electronic signatures
o On source code/algorithms
o Requiring non-discriminatory treatment of digital products
o On interactive computer services of the type in Section 230 of the USA’s federal Communications Decency Act. good regulatory practices provisions. However, if there is such a chapter, it should not include provisions:
o On regulatory impact assessments
o Requiring the review of existing measures
o Requiring comments to be allowed by foreign companies on proposed measures
o On services domestic regulation.

  • trade facilitation provisions requiring Kenya to accelerate its implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement or requiring Kenya to take additional trade facilitation measures.
  • restrictions on Kenya’s ability to provide fisheries subsidies (e.g. in the environment chapter).
  • provisions that undermine the ability to take anti-corruption measures (e.g. via the good regulatory practices or digital trade chapters).

    We also note with concern that this agreement does not have Congressional oversight after the expiry of the Trade Promotion Authority. The action by the United States to stack the deck with negotiators drawn from the private sector essentially means that Kenya is negotiating with the private sector! We strongly feel that there is need to pose negotiations and have the Kenyan Parliament appraised on the salient issues before proceeding to at the very least provide some level of oversight.

Once more information is available about the content of the STIP negotiations we are likely to have further comments.

Sincerely,

1. EconewsAfrica
2. KenyaSmallScaleFarmersForum
3. KongamanolaMapinduzi
4. OkoaUchumiCampaign
5. FutureofKenyaFoundation
6. AnglicanDevelopmentServices–Kenya
7. CommunityAdvocacyandAwarenessTrust
8. KenyaHumanRightsCommission
9. UjamaaCentre
10. The Kenyan Peasants League
11.Kenya Debt Abolition Network
12.Kenya National Interface Team
13.East African Tax and Governance Network 14.SEATINI Uganda
15.Growth Partners Africa
16.Kenya Food Rights Alliance
17.INUKA Kenya Ni Sisi Ltd.
18.Tax Justice Network Africa
19.Center For Generational Studies – Kenya 20.Premier SHEQ Systems Advocacy Group
21.Dr. Alutalala Mukhwana and Company Advocates 22.Peace Actors Forum, Kenya
23.Global South Inclusion Consulting
24.Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa

Press Statement: Kenya Belongs to the People – Reclaiming Our Sovereign Power!

Wednesday, 19th April 2023

Dear Kenyans, as a country, we are in a political standoff; facing yet another round of political contestation which threatens our democratic and constitutional order. The stalemate has been largely driven by the political class. The people of Kenya who have been granted the sovereign power under Article 1 of the constitution are being excluded and are hardly involved in key decision making processes that impact on their lives.

Following consultations held in the last week amongst civil society, this concerns us.

Dear Kenyans, in 2010 we promulgated a peoples’ constitution that vested sovereign power in the people, and yet we are still beholden to our political leaders, as subject of the colonial rulers were bound to their imperial lords.

Our leaders have violated many aspects of the constitution while we watch on helplessly, forgetting that the power rests with us. Our political leaders have:

  1. Betrayed Kenyans’ quest for sustainable solution to the ongoing food crisis, cost of living and access to public services such as quality education, water, housing and health contrary to Article 43 of the Constitutional of Kenya.
  2. Destroyed the economy and failed to use their mandates to fix those parts that need fixing, and consequently making life unbearable for the majority of Kenyans.
  3. Over-borrowed, misspent, mismanaged, and stolen the proceeds of imprudent and expensive loans, leaving Kenyans with an unsustainable debt burden.
  4. Instituted heavy taxes to pay for their largess and political arrangements by living opulent lifestyles and loading up the public wage bill with political cronies, while political allies evade taxes placing the taxation burden on the Kenyan taxpayer.
  5. Partaken in the plunder of the public purse and have adopted misplaced policies to defund public services, while basic services such as health, education, and agriculture flounder due to corruption and mismanagement government officials at all levels.
  6. Appointed to public office individuals with questionable integrity and further established unconstitutional offices to reward their political cronies
  7. Orchestrated deliberate state capture of independent institutions namely the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the National Police Service (NPS), the Office of the Controller of Budget among others to serve partisan political interests.
  8. Sought to convert Kenya into a police-state weaponizing security apparatus in the country against citizens.
  9. Continued to weaken and interfere with governance of elections and political conduct against the spirit of the constitution manifested through infiltration of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and other institutions with related mandate on elections.
  10. Continue to undermine and erode devolution through deliberate delay and underfunding of counties, failure to release devolved functions and abating unaccountability of county governments.

In view of the foregoing, we hold that political leaders have unfortunately and repeatedly hijacked opportunities to address the above issues and converted them into bi-partisan processes between political elite that end up with minimalist, compromised and non- transformative reforms that only serve their selfish political interest

We, therefore, demand the following:

  1. Restructure and expand the proposed bi-partisan parliamentary talks to make it an inclusive, independent and citizen-led dialogue process to discuss the immediate electoral issues and cost of living crisis and address a wider discussion on mid-term issues to get the country back on track.
  2. Develop a framework with principles, values, timelines, and enforceability mechanisms for the dialogues to protect it from political capture and deal-making to ensure it addresses Kenyans’ interests as previously envisioned.
  3. The above can be modelled along the National Constitutional Conference commonly known as the Bomas Process which brought together legislators, district delegates, and all key sectors as equal players to discuss and adopt the draft constitution between April 2003 and March 2004.

With or without the constitution of the above framework, we therefore commit:

  1. To reach out to all civic groups and other progressive forces to institute an authentic citizen agenda and process for the salvation of our country through the collective action of the people as provided in the constitution of Kenya. These include religious, trade unions, professional bodies, business groups, and the media at national and county level among others.
  2. To engage political leaders, regional actors, and international community to work closely in pushing the Kenya recovery agenda including Agenda Four item of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process 2008.
  3. To institute a values-based, rights-driven and citizen-led process of economic and democratic justice to address those who have committed crimes against the people of Kenya. It is for this reason that we are advocating for the adoption and implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report among other reports on historical injustices in Kenya.

Signed by:

  1. African Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
  2. Awaaz Magazine
  3. Centre for Memory and Development
  4. Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO)
  5. Free Kenya
  6. Grace Agenda
  7. Haki Yetu
  8. Inform Action
  9. International Commission of Jurists, Kenya Chapter (ICJ-K)
  10. Inuka Ni Sisi!
  11. Katiba Institute
  12. Kenya National Interface Team (KNIT)
  13. Kenya Tuitakayo Assembly (KTA)
  14. Mazingira Institute
  15. Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)
  16. National Students Caucus
  17. Oxfam Kenya
  18. Pamoja Trust
  19. Social Justice Centres Working Group
  20. The Angaza Movement
  21. The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)
  22. The Kenya Human Rights Commission
  23. Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya)
  24. Uttermost Welfare
  25. Youth Agenda