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NCCK General Secretary Rev. Canon Peter Karanja making his remarks on day one of the National Dialogue Conference (1) at Ufungamano House, Nairobi

ADDRESS DELIVERED
BY
REVEREND CANON PETER KARANJA
GENERAL SECRETARY

DURING
THE OFFICIAL OPENING
OF
THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE CONFERENCE 1

ON
11TH SEPTEMBER, 2018
AT
UFUNGAMANO HOUSE, NAIROBI

A. PRELIMINARIES
Archbishop Martin Kivuva, The Chairman of the Dialogue Reference Group,
Senior Clergy,
Members of the Civil Society,
Fellow Eminent Conveners of NDC 1,
All Protocols Observed
Brothers and Sisters,
B. INTRODUCTION
I am greatly honoured to join you on the first day of this auspicious National Dialogue Conference 1. I wish to begin by thanking the Almighty God for His grace that has seen all of us gather here, knowing very well that some have had to travel far and wide with a single aim of being part of this event.
And as such, allow me to acknowledge each and everyone of us in a special way for your continued outstanding commitment to be part of this important conversation that seeks to not only address the challenges that afflict our beloved nation, but also create a better Kenya. I also wish to pay special tribute to all those who have walked this journey with us since last year when the country was at the crossroads before and after the 2017 General Elections, due to our usual high octane and divisive politics fueled by our ethnic nature.
As we embark on this renewed journey, I have no doubts in my mind that given the commitment to national processes in the past and the galaxy of stakeholders gathered here, we shall emerge with concrete proposals that speak to our unique situations going forward.

C. State of the Nation
Brothers and Sisters,
For us to understand where we are as a country, allow me to briefly highlight where the country is coming from.
As you are aware, Kenyans went to the polls on August 8 last year, this being the second General Election since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. As was expected, the election was preceded by intense political and ethnic polarization that once again muddied the national fabric.
Worse still, the country had just witnessed a tussle between the then two leading political camps over whether or not the then Issack Hassan led Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was best suited to preside over the election. By the time the dust settled, there was a completely new team of Commissioners at the IEBC just a few months to the 2017 General Elections.
The situation was exacerbated when Kenyans finally voted and the Supreme Court annulled the results of the presidential election, putting to test our resolve to embrace authentic democracy and live together as a people of one indivisible nation.
Suffice to say that the subsequent events and attendant political utterances affirmed the fact that Kenyans, just like in the past, were pawns on the political chessboard. It is regrettable that the net effect of this polarized political competition was once again deaths and destruction of property across the country, bringing to question our resolve to rise above ethnic and political divisions as we seek to build a cohesive nation.
With that brief background, this National Dialogue Conference appreciates the fact that the situation in the country has since changed courtesy of the 9th March 2018 handshake between the two former main challengers in the 2017 General Election, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Raila Odinga, on the steps of Harambee House. We are glad that the handshake, which is premised on a 9 point agenda, has transformed the country’s political landscape from tension and violence to calm.
This conference therefore wishes to affirm the formation of the Building Bridges Initiative, which is tasked with the responsibility of processing the issues identified and make recommendations on how best they can be implemented. We consider the BBI a noble cause that should be supported to enable the team meet its objectives.

Brothers and Sisters,
This conference however reckons that the task ahead is quite enormous hence requires engagement of all stakeholders with a goal of ensuring that Kenyans have an adequate platform to engage. It is for this reason that slightly over a month ago, we launched the Framework for National Dialogue that outlines our engagement on national issues going forward.
This event was the latest in a series of many other engagements that have been undertaken by this team in the recent past aimed at addressing our national challenges. You may recall that this team has held many vigils especially on elections and constitutional issues and not only made several recommendations to the respective institutions, but also taken practical steps in our own right, aimed at addressing some of the challenges. This is the trajectory that we are determined to continue with.

D. The National Dialogue Conference 1
Brothers and Sisters,
The National Dialogue Conference 1 comes at a time when we are all in agreement that we must focus on the things that matter to transform our country. I must however caution that the prevailing socio-political environment could be deceptive and easily make us relax thinking that all is well.
Looking at the political calendar, there are two key national events that must be dispensed with ahead of the 2022 General Election. These are: The delimitation of Kenya’s electoral boundaries and the national census.
Given our history, the two events will reshape the country’s political landscape, and if not handled well, could put us in a spin in the lead up to the 2022 General Elections.
Other than that, there are concerns over the rising cost of living, occasioned by a myriad of factors. Whereas we appreciate the fact that progress has been made in the fight against corruption over the past few days, you must have realized that there seems to be too many arrests with little substance to show.
For this reason, we are of the opinion that the war on graft could be given a lot of impetus with proper coordination among the concerned institutions with a view to ensuring quick prosecutions and convictions for those culpable.
It is our conviction that greater milestones can be achieved in this fight if a marshal plan with clear timelines is developed and implemented. In addition, proper institutional and legislative reforms that speak to our unique situation as a country will need to be enacted.
It may be prudent for this conference to think through and interrogate practical options that may have worked elsewhere globally, as well as the proposals made by different institutions. Other areas that require critical attention include electoral, security sector and constitutional reforms.
Away from that, brothers and sisters, we recognize the critical role played by women in the national dialogue processes. We also note that their role has not been fully utilized in the various previous and current dialogue initiatives. Whereas the constitutional provision of not more than two thirds of one gender in national organs of governance and processes has guaranteed women their place in dialogue process, it is clear that a critical mass of technically and politically skilled women leaders have been left out of the steering processes of the national dialogue initiatives. Women in Kenya who apparently constitute more than 52% of the population should participate as stakeholders in the reconciliation, reconstruction and renewal of our nation as enshrined in our constitution.
Brothers and Sisters,
For this reason, the Dialogue Reference Group after extensive consultations identified seven key issues that need to be the subject of dialogue to build a better Kenya. You will also notice in the Framework for National Dialogue that these 7 issues correlate with the 9 point-agenda of the Building Bridges Initiative. The 7 dialogue issues which will be focusing on during this Conference are:
i. Bringing a closure to the 2017 General Election and making election credible and acceptable
ii. Decisive action to deal with corruption
iii. Constitutional and legal reforms
iv. Security sector reforms
v. National cohesion
vi. Accelerated service delivery
vii. Strengthening devolution, institutional performance and governance.
It is on this basis that this conference has been convened with the following three objectives:
 Initiate an inclusive dialogue process to effectively address the political and governance crisis in Kenya
 Generate content for the dialogue process
 Outline key principles, strategies and structures for a productive and effective dialogue process.
Brothers and sisters, it is evident that our job is well cut out. We must therefore seize the moment and speak and engage on matters of righteousness and justice. We must not only know but show the way. We must offer solutions and remain authentic and true to our calling. In the words of Martin Luther King, the former civil rights crusader in the U.S, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” this forum must not be silent, for this is the time to speak.

E. Conclusion
I wish to conclude my remarks by once again appreciating your presence, and the commitment you continue to exhibit individually and collectively in addressing the issues that afflict Kenyans. As we engage in the next three days, I challenge all of us to have a deep reflection on the prevailing state of affairs in the country and endeavor to stand in the gap towards redeeming our country.
Thank you and God bless!

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