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The late Hon. Amina Zuberi

The Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) regrets the sudden and untimely demise of Hon. Amina Zuberi. Until her passing on August 12th, 2014, she was serving as CEMIRIDE’s Board Chairperson. She was also a nominated Member of County Assembly of Mombasa. We celebrate her life in passionately defending and promoting the rights of minority and indigenous communities in Kenya. She was a renowned human rights activist who amplified women’s voices. She was dedicated to communities’ development and empowerment. On behalf of CEMIRIDE’s fraternity, we condole with family members, relatives, friends and colleagues of the Late Hon. Zuberi, during this difficult moment of loss and grief.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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Kenya Pastoralists Week 2012

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It is with great pleasure on behalf of the National Steering Team (NST) of Kenya Pastoralists Week 2012, the partners, pastoralist communities and Kenyans at large that I welcome you to usher in this 10th edition of Kenya Pastoralists Week. Since 2003, year after year, the Kenya Pastoralists’ Week continues to address pertinent issues facing pastoralists. The journey has been riddled with ups and downs. Quite notable is pastoralists’ marginalization and plight, least discussed when KPW began, has now become a development concern from a range of actors from different levels.

During this 10th Anniversary KPW, pastoralists once again find themselves at a unique position of attaining their rights. Whereas the situation was filled with lack opportunity and a myriad of hurdles a decade ago, the current position presents a range of opportunities for pastoralists to actualize their rights – through the Constitution 2010; new supportive legislation, policies and institutions; and more importantly, through the power to vote in values driven leaders in the upcoming general elections. The devolved governance system that will be entrenched following the elections is expected to provide increased and focused attention to indigenous and minority communities, including pastoralists, whose lives have previously been characterized by marginalization – the root cause of socio- economic, political and cultural challenges.

As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary KPW, we also relish in the uniqueness of this event as being the inaugural grassroots held KPW since the inception. Isiolo County, the first to host this event merits this chance based on its centrality in terms of national location, its ethnic diversity and the peaceful inter-ethnic coexistence, its great economic viability especially as spelt in Vision 2030 and most importantly because of the successful advocacy efforts in compelling the government to tarmac the Isiolo-Marsabit Highway through the KPW 2004 event dubbed the Great Trek held in Isiolo had proved to be successful. Lastly, Isiolo hosts a vibrant Inter-agency Group (IAG) that primarily addresses transformational peace and conflict resolution in the region.

As we set yet again to hold the monumental KPW 2012, the issue of peace stands uppermost in the thematic focus. Given that over 200 lives have been lost in pastoralist inhabited areas of Mandera, Wajir, Baragoi and the Tana Delta in the year 2012 only, the importance of peace and conflict resolution cannot be overemphasized. It thus remains the objective of this year’s KPW events that joint solutions between pastoralists, state and non-state actors will be arrived at that will guarantee lasting peace in pastoralist areas and the country at large.

It is my hope that all participants to this year’s KPW- pastoralist community members, government representatives, civil society organizations, academia, media and Kenyans at large will engage in meaningful dialogue and arrive at resolutions that will pave way to the realization of all fundamental rights and freedoms of pastoralists and other marginalised communities in Kenya.  Click here to read full PDF

Mr Yobo Rutin, Executive Director, Centre for Minority Rights Development

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Pastoralist Post

Pastoralist Post: Pastoralists Week Edition 2012.  Download the PDF here.

This edition of the Kenya Pastoralists Week compiles a sample of the main topical issues tackled during the national forum and is aimed at documenting the recommendations and suggestions forwarded by participants during the forum.

This edition not only documents laser-precise issues facing pastoralists but also serves as a platform for advocating the concerns of pastoralist communities in the reforms processes. It is a comprehensive guide for engagement by stakeholders for effective participation, representation and incorporation of issues of concern to pastoralists as well as other minorities and indigenous peoples in constitutional implementation processes that promote their economic, social, cultural and political rights.

In addition, it highlights topics of interest on subjects that have been onthe forefront of discussions concerning pastoralists both at the local and international level. Welcome.

Published by: Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

P.O. BOX 14692, 00100

Tel 254 20 609682/ 606589




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Article 56

ARTICLE 56: The Working Group for Effective Participation of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in the Constitutional Reform Process

Article 56 is a working group comprised of mainstream national and grassroots Civil Society organizations focusing on minority and indigenous peoples’ rights. The working group was a culmination of a two day forum organized by CEMIRIDE in January 2012 at Nakuru.

The name ‘Article 56’ is derived from the provision of Article 56 of the constitution which provides that the government shall put in place affirmative action programmes aimed at ensuring  that minorities and marginalized groups;

a)     Participate and are represented in governance and other spheres of life

b)     Are provided special opportunities in educational and economic fields

c)     Are provided special opportunities for access to employment

d)     Develop their cultural values, languages and practices

e)     Have reasonable access to water, health services and infrastructure

The forum brought together representatives of Minorities and indigenous communities from across the country. There were representatives from North Rift, Upper Eastern, North Eastern, South Rift and Lamu. Diverse interests were represented at the forum including Pastoralists, Ethnic minorities, Fisher peoples, Hunter gatherers, women organizations, youth organizations, Persons living with disability, the donor community and national organizations representing minority and indigenous peoples.

The working group was necessitated by the quick pace of reforms the country is undertaking towards implementation of the constitution. There was realization that minority and indigenous communities could lose out on the gains of the new constitution during the implementation period. Minority and indigenous peoples were not being adequately represented in the national processes that were ongoing. Further to this, the constitution sets out peoples’ participation as an important national value. Participation is meant to ensure inclusivity and protection of peoples’ rights. History has shown that inclusivity and participation are best achieved when people come together as one, under one network.

The purpose of the forum was to ensure that minority and indigenous communities are represented in the constitution reform agenda. Representation here would be achieved by ensuring that their views and expectations are provided for in the legislation to be passed towards implementation of the constitution. The objective of the working group was to come up with an action plan for the effective participation and representation of minority and indigenous peoples (MIPs) in the implementation of the constitution. The forum was timed at a period when the country was undergoing extensive constitutional, policy and institutional reforms.

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) would be the secretariat to the working group. CEMIRIDE would also provide a programme officer to coordinate the activities and operations of the working group.

Article 56 was charged with the roles and responsibilities of:

  • Bill tracking; this would include coordination of information to grassroots organizations and compiling of memoranda. To this effect Article 56 would engage with the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) at different levels. Article 56 would liaise with the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group and other stakeholders in the policy processes through holding briefings.
  • Networking and coordination; the working group would devise strategies of engagement within the network and with other stakeholders aimed at ensuring effective participation in the ongoing constitutional implementation process.
  • Dissemination; the working group would ensure timely dissemination of information to the various groups in the network.
  • Lobbying and Advocacy at the national and grassroots level; this would be conducted through CSOs at the grassroots level. Advocacy at the national level would be realized through press briefings on the stand of minority and indigenous communities in national processes.
  • Fundraising in order to sustain the operation and activities of the network.

Article 56 comes at a time when the country is undergoing major constitutional reform processes. It aims at ensuring that the legislation to be passed during the implementation period contains a provision for minority and marginalized communities. Perhaps, there is light at the end of the tunnel.




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KPW is a multi-stakeholder partnership project bringing together an array of alliances drawn from individual pastoralists, pastoralists’ associations, government, private sector, academia and mainstream civil society. This partnership aggregates requisite resources and competencies to articulate the key challenges to pro-pastoral advocacy.

The theme of the 9th Annual KPW was Constitutional, Policy and Institutional Reforms – Impact on Pastoralists and Pastoralism.

KPW 2011 commenced with zonal campaigns held in pastoralists regions from the 1st to the 28th of November 2011. The zonal campaigns, held in collaboration with partner organisations, provided a more accessible and conducive platform for community members at the grassroots level to dialogue on issues of reforms and the impact of these on their livelihoods. Other matters requiring urgent addressing besides the reforms agenda were also deliberated on. These included the persistent food insecurity and conflict in pastoralist areas. Key issues raised, as well as the derived “home-grown” solutions to these, formed the basis of engagements during the KPW National Forum that followed thereafter.

The National Forum took place from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December, 2011 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference brought together close to 300 representatives of pastoralist communities from across the country as well as government representatives, members of the donor community, distinguished scholars, and representatives from women’s’ organizations and other minority groups.

The three-day forum involved presentation of thematic papers by various stakeholders, plenary sessions as well as presentation of the zonal campaign reports. Participants engaged state and non-state actors on key issues of concerns and the modalities of addressing these were recommended.

The national forum culminated in the formation of a working group mandated to spearhead the implementation of the recommendations and the actions plans formulated during the conference.

KPW 2011 also involved a Cultural Exhibition and a Gala Night to highlight, promote and celebrate the diverse and rich culture of pastoralist communities. The financial sponsors, community representatives, other guests, Hon. Martha Karua and Hon. Franklin Bett attended and addressed participants at the Gala Night.

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