Ni Sisi!

Ni Sisi!

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For three generations, aspirations of a peace loving, enterprising hard working people have been thwarted by a rapacious, myopic national elite that does not care about tomorrow. For two decades we fought for a new constitutional order believing that it would deepen democracy and integrity in public life, but the first thing the political class did was to trample on the integrity provisions (Chapter 6) of the constitution. The country is more ethnically polarized than ever, corruption has spun of control, security has collapsed and we are borrowing and spending like drunken sailors.

We are at a turning point, but will we turn?

We are at a potential turning point.  We can change our political culture and propel Kenyan into a peaceful prosperous future.  But we have reached turning points before, and refused to turn. Back in 1992, opposition and civil society coalition united to restore multiparty. Myopic opposition leaders succumbed to greed for power, corruption and tribalism - and snatched defeat from jaws of victory.

In 2007, the Opposition united to remove KANU from power, but quickly succumbed to tribalism and corruption that propelled the country to the 2007 post election violence.
We can choose to change, or choose to continue to wallow in tribalism, corruption and mediocrity– Haiti has been at it for 200 years, and so can we.

The Kesho Initiative realises that we are going nowhere unless we have HONEST leaders who think about tomorrow.  

Our mission

  • To mobilize progressive Kenyans into a movement to change our political culture
  • To promote an alternative vision of a DECENT society, one which values and respects everyone and rewards honest hard work
  • To educate and challenge Kenyans to abandon tribalism and corruption (“our turn to eat culture”)

How we are doing this

The Online Platform -
The Elephant is a platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future. Through this online platform, the initiative hopes to mobilize progressive business, intellectual and civil society leaders into an alternative national leadership movement via a platform that reimagines Kenya in the dynamic African and global context.

Visit The Elephant online



Maskani Radio

Maskani Radio Drama was a radio series capturing the everyday life of a Kenyan “Hustler” bringing out pertinent issues that affect the ordinary Kenyan. It revolved around a bus terminus at a shopping center somewhere in Kenya. It had a few shops and many idle young people who are involved in some income generating activities sometimes, or none, most of the time. The Ward Rep was a strong influencer in this setting and was well known locally. Citizens visited the Kinyozi often to hold serious discussions or make tough decisions.

The shows aired every Wednesday 7pm and the talk show every Sunday 7pm on Radio Rahma – Coast,Ghetto Radio – Nairobi,Hero FM – Nakuru,Radio Lake Victoria, Mbaitu FM,Star FM


Episode 1: Petitioning & Rule of Law

Episode 2: Talkshow on Devolution

Episode 3

Episode 4: Hatred on Social Media


Maskani conversations

Maskani Conversations is an interactive online-to-offline initiative hosted by Maskani Ya Taifa, to facilitate public participation and promote engagement on issues relevant to all Kenyans. Events are organized to bring together progressive Kenyans in one space to discuss and take action on identified issues/events of county or national interest.

The vision of these conversations is to enlightened Kenyans who own their citizenship. Our mission is to create a citizen’s platform/entity that facilitates public participation and promotes engagement on issues relevant to all Kenyans.

Our goal

  • An active citizen’s platform that amplifies Kenyans stories and highlights issues that need to be addressed;
  • Public/private institutions and duty bearers held accountable through catalysed participation and engagement of citizens;
  • Kenyans are obligated to nurture their citizenship by promoting ethical practices and shared values.

Maskani Conversations takes place in various parts of the country. Some of the issues discussed are:


  • In Lamu, there is an economic drop. The national government has banned charcoal and mikoko (firewood). That was the source of income for many people and now they do not have the means of getting money.
  • Devolution; there is no much involvement when it comes to public participation and the development of the county.When county funds come the leaders do their own plans according to how they choose to.
  • People from the island do not benefit as much as outsiders do.
  • Water and Health is an issue in Lamu East, yet the leaders have used 80% on roads and infrastructure.
  • Security is an issue


  • Self-employment is an issue. The people do not have enough resources to start their own businesses. The county government is not ready to support people from the ground. The Peace campaigns in November had issues between NASA and Jubilee. The Maskani team approached youth and told them that they should not die for politics.
  • The team organized a debate for the governors to tell the people on their plans for the county. However, this did not go through but the plans for the next election are underway.
  • There was data by IRC spreading that in Turkana parents are forcing girls to sell their bodies for money however when the team did research on the ground they realized that it was false information.


  • Youth have talent but they lack a platform to showcase their talent.
  • There is no budget to help the talented youth
  • Use of hard drugs
  • Gender Based Violence cases. 262 cases have not been addressed by the county. There is no way forward at the moment
  • Higher insecurity because of crime
  • Tujikinge na maugonjwa, Tutoe ujinga, Tutoe Baa la Njaa
  • There is high unemployment rate


  • Drug use
  • Drugs have led to insecurity in the county
  • Poverty in Kilifi was highlighted as a major issue. The sources of income are not well spread
  • The members claim that commercial sex workers have increased leading to breakage of marriages
  • There are no platforms to fight for rights. People need to know where to go and collaborate


  • Low participation of women in county matters
  • Clashes in clan conflict and boundaries
  • Tribal ethnicity
  • Failures of the government and security apparatus
  • There is a don’t care attitude from the community
  • Clannism is high especially when choosing leaders
  • Capacity to engage systems is not there. There Is lack of capacity building
  • Identification of key participants is important ( Most of them are after allowances ) Choose the right audience or targets
  • Access to information within the community is a challenge


  • One cow initiative was meant to look at the people in the society who do not have income and give the people a cow. The people who are being given are people related to the decision makers and not the right people and the process is corrupt
  • There are no youth friendly services for young people by the government. They say that NGOs will do it
  • Community administrator interviews conducted but no one is placed for the job
  • Budgeting process CDP was done but no feedback on it.
  • Support petitioning of the county government (Maskani should help)


  • Rising cases of corruption with the Garissa county government/ government institutions.
  • Clan rivalry
  • Terrorism
  • Poverty and marginalisation
  • Torture by government forces (KDF)
  • State of Garissa County ( Cleanliness)


  • With the influx of colleges and Universities, Eldoret has become a market for hard drugs
  • Youth in Eldoret experience hardship in accessing loans or startup capital for business hence wandering into crime
  • Most youth feel they are lagging behind in terms of technology and lack of proper information in regard to social media
  • Leaders in Eldoret branding youth activism as a form of radicalization every time they question governance matters
  • Limited employment opportunities as those available are only distributed to the majority tribe in the area
  • Youth in Eldoret feel the need to be more engaged in activism that centers on governance and advocacy


Through discussions it was realized that issues in area were;

  • Early marriage (Kwale County)
  • Empowering and mentoring youth on the need for education (especially young girls)
  • Drug addiction
  • Educating the young people against radicalization and extremism
  • Empowering young people through sports and peace building activities
  • Educating the coast region people on the need for (Access of information) and mostly on Land matters.
  • Educating the people of Coast region on the need to embrace Devolution
  • How to question their leadership/institution based on Chapter 4 and 6 of our 2010 Constitution.


The residents in Chuka were told to evacuate from Chuka forest by the government. Magundu Ma Chuka, the land that stretches for 12 kilometres from Chuka to Embu, on which they planted 40 acres of trees, is the bone of contention. They complain that they have been marginalised for a long time. In order to safeguard their community land, they stood against the fencing off of this parcel of land.


  • Insecurity
  • Corruption
  • Devolution
  • Question about public participation
  • Need for a third voice in the political arena
  • Budget


  • A number of youth in Nakuru lack basic education
  • Poverty
  • Bad governance-infighting between the Nakuru MPs and the Governor
  • Rampant arbitrary arrests of youth in Nakuru
  • #FreeWifi as alleged by the Government not working
  • Eviction of Traders
  • Land Grabbing of the Gioto dumpsite


The members of Maskani Kisumu said that Kenyans need to trust each other in order to move forward. They demanded for free, fair and peaceful elections. Members raised a concern that Kisumu residents could not openly associate themselves with other political parties other than NASA for fear of getting attacked. They said that the other political seats were open and people openly talked about their affiliate but when it came to presidential seat it was different as tribalism took precedent. Their view was that tribalism needs to end in Kenya for the country to move forward.  They raised a worry on Whatsapp admins being arrested and gave a scenario that an admin could be asleep and hate speech is sent at that time. Again, there is no way a Whatsapp admin can delete messages from their side. The members encouraged youth to get an education because a better educated youth has a growing mind and will build a better nation.


Eldoret members of Maskani conversations reiterated that youth need to vote for what they believe in and not because of a party. They felt that this time the youth had a voice and were diverse. They said that they will exercise their voting rights no matter any threats from any politician. Members felt that Kenyan politicians were a reflection of who we are as a society. They mentioned the Constitution being a means of new hope in Kenya but the lack of its full implementation is lagging the country behind.


  • Lack of employment opportunities
  • Corruption among government institutions
  • Nepotism in issing public services e.g tenders
  • Lack of initiative for some youth to better themselves
  • Devolved government has worked but not to their expectations as youth
  • Poverty among especially the youth which leads to bad decision making
  • There is need for youth to participate in political decisions so therefore strive to get positions that can make that happen
  • Youth in Kitui need to strive to get ways in which they can help their communities and not just idle around looking for fast money.


Join the Maskani Conversations online


Kenya Values Trust

Kenya Values Trust carries out certain initiatives and activities among Kenyans, with specific emphasis on children and youth with the goal of ingraining the values of love, integrity, honesty, peace, unity, reconciliation, liberty, responsibility, justice, tolerance, respect and sharing, in order to foster cohesion, unity, patriotism and nationalism.

The value system recognizes; that values are practices, culture and traits that define a people- principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable among a people.

That good values build character, which produces behaviour that is beneficial for the individual, others and the community.

They enhance the wellbeing of all; prevent harm to both the individual and society; are the essence of healthy relationships and are essential for the conduct and preservation of a democratic society.

That values are important and enduring beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or desirable and what is not.

That values exert major influence on the behavior of an individual and serve as broad guidelines in all situations.

That our values help us articulate who we are, what we stand for as well as how we would like the world to view us.

That the trust will address the existing gap in education values.

That our National values find their footing and anchor in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and are garrisoned by a multiplicity of statutes and act of Parliament.

That national values help foster a peaceful, united, harmonious and integrated Kenya society.

Our sublime responsibility to nurture our children and youth into responsible adults imbued with the right knowledge, attitude and aptitude about values.


Our Approach

Creating spaces for dialogue and feedback from community groups, structures and networks. This offers direct face-to- face interactions with community members and individuals allowing deeper understanding of issues at the local level. The Sauti Yetu Model expanded to include 13 additional Wards – 9 In Nakuru County and 4 in Garissa County.

The following activities were achieved in 2016

  1. Thirty one (31) Joint Community Forums (JCF) with 2,667 participants, which represents a growth in attendance of 1,455 participants from 1212 community members reached between January and December 2015
  2. Twelve (12) civic education forums with a total of 946 participants;
  3. Two (2) Toolkit Trainings with 20 community groups 

Digital Engagement
We have over time developed various digital platforms reaching a cross-section of Kenyans on varying issues. Specific online engagement revolves around the following themes; i) ethnicity ii) Land/inequality, iii) Leadership accountability iv) Corruption, v) Impunity, vi) Devolution, vii) Justice and promoting nationhood viii) Security.

Engagement is cultivated through online campaigns and innovating to increase reach and engagement.

The table below demonstrates the reach through key institutional platforms. The platforms as represented do not include specific individual accounts within the organization which also support with digital engagement, amplification of CSO work, the creation and further engagement on advocacy issues as well as building the Ni SiSi Social movement. 

Platform Jan 2016 Apr 2017 Performance
The Elephant on Facebook 0 6,338 6,338
The Elephant on Twitter 0 163 163
Sauti Yetu on Facebook 4,692 8,646 3,954
Sauti Yetu on Twitter 1,574 2,061 487
Ni Sisi on Facebook 9,089 13,145 4,056
Ni Sisi on Twitter 5,020 8,112 3,092
Maskani Ya Taifa on Facebook 2,636 3,929 1,293
Maskani Ya Taifa on Twitter 12,300 25,545 13,245
Uongozi on Facebook 30,457 31,243 786
Uongozi on Twitter 8,846 12,876 4,030
Total 74,614 112,058


Data as of 5th April 2017

Offline hubs
To enhance continued engagement with citizens The Maskani Ya Taifa Model adopted an offline interactive sessions with communities by establishing Maskani Hubs. The Hubs provide an opportunity for further interrogation of county- specific issues through contextualized debates and conversations. The debates and conversations are concurrently amplified on across various digital platforms and often times within the year have been on the trending list of issues in the country.

There was continued consolidation of the hubs in 2016 and support provided for citizens to take action on issues affecting them at the local level. Currently, Ni Sisi! has active Maskani hubs in; i) Nakuru ii) Garissa iii) Eldoret iv) Kisumu v) Kakamega vi) Kitui vii) Mombasa viii) Turkana ix) Nairobi. We anticipate establishing hubs in Wajir, Kilifi and Kwale in the 2017 period.

Mainstream Media
Through partnership with media houses utilizing radio, TV and Print media as tools for advocacy. Discussions focus on key matters including insecurity, devolution, leadership integrity, and ethnic discrimination among other topics. In the 2016 period through Ni SiSi Ambassadors there were more than 60 articles published in the local dailies on matters salient to the Ni SiSi movement building. 

Networking, Building Alliances
We are also a member of issues-based networks and alliances that focus on themes inline with the Ni SiSi movement building.

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