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THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NGOs: CHAPTER 6 OF KENYA’S NEW CONSTITUTION AND PASSING THE ‘INTEGRITY TEST’

‘Ken Wafula, Chairman of the National Council of NGOs – ‘guiding the masses’

A lobby group, the National Council of NGO’s, has said it aims to block all candidates at the next election who fail to meet the ‘integrity test’ as required under the new constitution. It sounds laudable in some respects but the Kenya Forum has its concerns. The integrity test in the new constitution (Chapter 6) requires those standing for elective positions to be cleared by the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Higher Education Loans Board, the National Intelligence Service, and the Ethics and Corruption Commission, so there’s a mechanism in place through which the assessment of candidates can be made.

KEN WAFULA – YOU’VE BEEN ‘MENTIONED’…

The chairman of the National Council of NGO, Ken Wafula, who is also the head of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, says the lobby group will work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the organizations mentioned above to ‘conduct citizen based vetting processes for prospective candidates’. According to Wafula, anyone ‘mentioned’ (at least he didn’t trot out that tired old phrase “adversely mentioned”) in the Ndungu Report on Land, the Akiwumi and Kiliuku Commission reports on tribal violence, the Waki Commission on Post-Election Violence, the Ouko murder reports, and the reports on Goldenberg, Anglo Leasing and Triton, and for good measure, anyone named in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report whenever it turns up, will be barred from standing for public office.

“WE INTEND TO PLAY IT HARD…”

“NGOs and civil society will no longer play its traditional role of dispensing civic education to the public and stepping aside to let immoral politicians confuse and mislead voters”, Ken Wafula declared. “We intend to play it hard by disseminating civic education and guide the masses on whom to vote right from the county to the national political offices”, Wafula continued. To this end Wafula has ‘directed’ all NGOs, civil society groups and ‘social movements’ across the country to ‘form consortia’ and begin ‘dialogues’ with all sections of the electorate ‘to prepare them for the election’, and he want members of the public to file petitions to stop politicians of ‘questionable character’ from standing in the election. So why the Kenya Forum’s concerns about Ken Wafula’s declaration?

IF PREVIOUS REPORTS ARE ANYTHING TO GO BY…

First, regular readers will know that we have serious doubts about the validity of some previous reports and investigations, for example those covering the murder of Dr Robert Ouko (start with ‘The Murder of Dr Robert Ouko: Why It Matters and What Really Happened’, 6 Feb. 2012), and previous commission reports (for example, ‘The Kenya Human Rights Commission Report (Part 5) – Kiluku, Akiwumi, Tribal Clashes and the Faces of Impunity’, 12 Sept. 2011).

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVED GUILTY?

Second, and very importantly, being ‘mentioned’ in a report or investigation doesn’t make a person guilty! Mr Wafula of all people should know that our new constitution guarantees citizens the right that they are innocent until proved otherwise. To act otherwise may be ‘democracy’ Mr Wafula but it Is against ‘human rights’. Third, and perhaps the Forum is being somewhat cynical here, we suspect that ultimately Ken Wafula and his friends will mention only those politicians of ‘questionable character’ who just happen to come from one side of the political divide. Finally, and again cynically, the Forum is confident however, that those groups that make up the National Council of NGOs will receive funding from the Americans and the British to help them “guide the masses”.

9 Responses to “THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NGOs: CHAPTER 6 OF KENYA’S NEW CONSTITUTION AND PASSING THE ‘INTEGRITY TEST’”

  1. George WEKESA says:

    Dear ALL,

    You should stop misleading people. Mr. Wafula is not the Chairman of National Counil of NGOs. The Chairman is Dr. George WAINAINA. You can confirm this from the Council offices in Hurlingham; http://www.ngocouncilkenya.org

  2. james kibet says:

    It is true he is an impersonator, the guy(Wafula) told me that he is the Chairman of the NGOs Council and when I asked him where his office is he could not answer,, and just asked me for my number promising to call me the following day to direct me to the office.I waited for two weeks without him calling. But when I went to the known NGOs Council offices, NGOs House, behind Hurlingham Plaza my fears were confirmed by the staff I found there.

    Why do people behave like this!! It is a pity!

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for the heads up guys…we’ll investigate further…admin

  4. james kibet says:

    Dear Admin,

    We are eagerly waiting for the outcome of your investigation.

  5. Gideon Moitalel says:

    Am Seriously agreeing that NGO council be investigated as it is a whole council office to look like prison.I went to the office and my expectations were high to meet well fanished office and staffs but the first impreesion told me that this office need to be act upon.

    I was shocked to sit in a Big name institution thats looked like a nothing but dump site hence the people i found were like confused in their words.The change of leadership to the Council should be seen as the first thing to be acted upon.

    Ken Wafula please sir compare that office in Harlingham with the cooperative house for NGO Coordination Board.Amb Nkuraiyia left the place to the commision to the constitution when the office is well contact and people there are organised.
    NGO council office talks much about how the staffs are rough in there work and the leaders not organise too.

    Change must be put in place

  6. krenes says:

    i have been underpaid by one janase ngo,they have not written my contract in full details

  7. KEN WAFULA says:

    I follow your comments. The NGO Council woes are complicated. So many political interests keen on ensuring that the council doesnt stand. Kibet is just a malicious guy. You need to take time and study the recent history of this org to appreciate the challenges. It is easy to make superficial criticisms and innuendoes but a wise person digs objectively for substantive evidence to inform their opinions. I invite you you for a briefing session any time you are ready.
    Waff

  8. Gabriel Mwambeyu says:

    Hi? am confused now, who is the National NGO Council? is it Mr. Wafula Of Dr. Wainaina? Thank you!

  9. Paul Moses says:

    What does ‘integrity’ leadership, ‘transparency’ mean to the Council Executives ?

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