Civil society leaders of Kenyans for Peace With Truth and Justice (KPTJ)
were in Washington DC last week, to brief the State Department and US policy makers. And in London the week before, to speak to the UK Parliament and Foreign Office.
They emphasized the key components of a viable peace:
1) We need to bring closure to the Presidential elections by having an independent investigation into the counting and tallying;
2) Power sharing alone is not enough. We need a transitional government, with a limited mandate, leading to new elections within 2 years;
3) That mandate should include Constitutional reforms (re: presidential power); electoral reforms (a new Electoral Commission of Kenya
); transitional justice (to address the ongoing violence);
The groundwork for this mandate has already been laid in the last 5 years through the Bomas draft of a new constitution and electoral bill, and reports from professional/academic working groups
on politically instigated clashes, transitional justice, land issues, and the Goldenberg and Anglo-Leasing corruption scandals.
Kenyans for Peace With Truth and Justice is a civil society coalition of over 40 governance, human rights and legal organizations, and individual Kenyan citizens.