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

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

2 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.

3 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 3 rd 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.

4 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 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

5 CIVIL SOCIETY POLITICAL SECTOR (PARTIES) CORPORAT E SECTOR

6 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. POLITICS DEVELOP- MENT SECURITY

7 “INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES” THE CASE OF CMD-KENYA 1. Direct support to political party leadership and party cadres: Bilateral and Cross party programs 2. Inclusivity: Gender mainstreaming in politics, Youth in political parties, participation of minorities and PWDs 4. 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

8 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

9 CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE DIALOGUE PLATFORM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL PARTIES AND PRACTIONERS ACTUALIZATION OF THE 2/3RDS GENDER RULE IN THE POLITICAL ARENA NATIONAL AND COUNTY LEVEL SUPPORT (DEVOLUTION) A NEW BREED OF POLITITICAL LEADERSHIP: YOUTH AND COMMUNICATION CAPACITY BUILDING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW CONSTITTUTION

10 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.

11 ASANTE SANA CENTRE FOR MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY (CMD-KENYA)  Sixth (6 th ) floor, International House  P.O. BOX , Nairobi, Kenya  Tel: /82 or /9  Fax:  


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