Our Mission

Our Mission

 

To transform lives through ecumenism, capacity building, advocacy and service delivery.

 

Our Vision2

Our Vision

One Church; United in Faith and Mission Witnessing to Jesus Christ and Transforming Lives.

Our Values2

Our Values

In pursuing its Christian calling, the Council shall uphold:

  • Integrity through accountability and transparency;
  • Stewardship through sound resource management;
  • Professionalism through competence and efficiency;
  • Partnership by collaborating with others;
  • Servant-hood through fair and humble service.
Mission & Vision

GETTING IT RIGHT:

KEYNOTE   ADDRESS

 

BY

REVEREND CANON PETER KARANJA

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

DURING

JUKWAA LA MADINI, MAFUTA NA GESI

 

ON

24TH SEPTEMBER 2019

 

AT

 

SAFARI PARK HOTEL, NAIROBI


Preamble:

  • I recognize the leadership of Haki Madini Kenya, Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas, Laws Society of Kenya, Oxfam, Global Affairs Canada, FECCLAHA, SIRD (Supporting Inclusive Resource Development), Kenya Human Rights Commission, ILEG (Institute for Law and Environmental Governance), and Diakonia Kenya
  • I appreciate that Haki Madini is a coalition of 18 members who are committed to improving the welfare of the community members who live in areas blessed with extractive resources
  • I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the second Jukwaa La Madini, having been present last year
  • It is my great pleasure to deliver a Keynote Address, noting that it will be the last such opportunity while serving as General Secretary of the NCCK. My successor, Reverend Chris Kinyanjui, who is also a lawyer, is likely to serve you better
  • I encourage the participants to actively participate and come up with practical plans that will improve the welfare and livelihoods of community members touched by extractive resources

 

Natural Resources in Kenya

  • Different reports indicate that Kenya is endowed with massive quantities of more than 100 different natural resources
  • This has resulted in a burst of activity in the sector
  • According to the USG 2015 Minerals Yearbook, the mining sector accounted for 10.3% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, and the formal mining sector had 14,442 workers
  • Another report indicates that in 2018, revenue from the mining sector was KShs 30.4 billion, with Titanium contributing 66.1% of the total value
  • There was great excitement when the first batch of oil produced in Kenya was exported recently
  • Kenya in 2015 produced 9% of the world’s rutile production; 4% of ilmenite; 3% of soda ash; 2% of zircon; and 1% of fluorspar
  • This makes Kenya a key player in the extractives sector
  • This is why this Conference is very important for Kenya

 

Challenges Facing the Extractives Sector

  • There is therefore a strong need for keen and people-oriented review of the legal framework to ensure it is comprehensive and just
  • So bad is the situation that in 2016, an assessment of approved mining projects showed that only 7% (3 out of 50) had undertaken third party followup on environmental audits
  • This often results in poor working conditions in the extractives sector, lack of proper response by relevant agencies on Environmental Impact Assessments, excessive political interference, and breach of license conditions
  • The weak framework also exposes the sector to entrenchment of child labour
  • Kenyans, especially artisanal miners, are not assured of their right to fair administrative action, right to access information, right to security and peace, or right to proper physical and mental health
  • These weaknesses in the legal framework threatens the rights of the citizens involved in the extractives sector
  • Despite the sector having so much regulation, weak integration of environmental obligations in the law portends various risks that include:
    • Unsustainable mining and overconsumption of resources especially water and energy
    • Environmental degradation and pollution
    • Risk of climate change disasters
    • Loss and degradation of critical ecosystems, leading to loss of species
    • Risk of mining related conflicts
    • Public safety and health problems
    • Increased spread of HIV and AIDS
    • Weak Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Weak mitigation and adaptation for climate change in mining areas
  • These challenges exist despite the sector being largely over-legislated, with more than 18 instruments that are meant to regulate the sector
  • A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Mining Sector in Kenya undertaken in 2016 found that the extractives sector in Kenya has a wide range of challenges

 

Community-Related Challenges in the Extractives Sector

  • From a community perspective, the sector is experiencing various challenges
  • It is appreciable that Haki Madini Kenya and other stakeholders are seized of these issues, and with focused persistence impact will be felt in due course
  • Essentially, communities living in areas endowed with natural resources, or those who participate in extractive activities, are meant to benefit from the exploitation of those resources
  • This however has been limited by four main challenges:
    • One, there is no framework to guide how communities benefit from the royalties collected by the government from extractives operations
    • Two, there is no structure to guide the training of local community members to progressively assume positions of responsibility in mining corporations
    • Three, there are no mechanisms to ensure genuine public participation in the development of Community Development Agreements (CDAs), leaving the processes prone to manipulation, injustice and delays by corporations
    • Four, the country does not have a Compensation, Relocation and Resettlement Framework

 

Recommendations Moving Forward

  • In light of these challenges facing the mining, gas and oil sector, I commend the Haki Madini Coalition and the partners for the continued efforts to contribute to the welfare of the Kenyans
  • Nonetheless, I would make a few recommendations:
    • One, Advocate for a consultative process to develop the framework for communities to benefit from royalties
    • In this process, the faith community has experience working in partnership with the civil society to advocate for legislative and policy changes
    • From the experience of the NCCK, I can challenge the partners in this Conference to draft the framework and share with the state agencies for consideration of adoption
    • Two, I recommend that the advocacy for a framework is extended to the other areas where there are shortcomings
    • In the development of these frameworks, focus must be on the welfare of the community member
    • Community members must be protected from exploitation by cartels and interests of large corporations
  • This Conference offers an opportunity for the actors in the sector to contribute to the welfare of Kenyans so that all benefit justly from the extractives sector

 

Conclusion

  • Once again I commend the organizers of the Conference for the foresight and commitment to the welfare of Kenyans
  • Let me highlight that for Christians, the Bible is very clear on the responsibility people have for the welfare of the environment
  • At creation, God intended that human beings would care for the environment, as we read in Genesis 1:26

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground”

  • There is not any aspect of the environment that God did not put under the dominion of the human beings
  • Towards the end of the Bible, we are presented with a strong warning of what happens when we fail to care for the environment
  • We read in Revelation 11: 18

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great – and for destroying those who destroy the earth

  • God wants us to constantly remember that those who destroy the earth not only deserve divine punishment ultimately, but also deserve punishment now on the basis of the law of the land
  • This is a constant reminder that extraction of natural resources must be undertaken in a sustainable manner that reflects care for the earth and for the communities
  • Once again I commend the organizers and the participants
  • I conclude by declaring the Jukwaa La Madini, Mafuta na Gesi 2019 Conference officially open

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