Message from the Convenor of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC)
Sunday, 10 August 2008 23:16
On behalf of members of the Public Affairs Committee, I wish to most sincerely thank our partners USAID and Pact Kenya for the support they have extended to us in the implementation of the National Advocacy Program for Governance Reforms. Through this program, APSEA will continuously monitor, document and report on the progress being made in the pursuit of the key Agenda Four reforms. APSEA will facilitate issue-based multi-stakeholder dialogue through various forums. This will be achieved through discussion forums, both through stakeholder workshops as well as this web based platform.
In order to achieve the objectives of the program, APSEA has identified key stakeholders including political leaders, the Committee of Experts, professionals bodies among others with whom it will work with. It is expected that a working relationship will be established with these group which will then be key channels for transmitting the information, education and communications materials that will be developed.
It is expected that at the end of the two years, the program will increase the capacity of APSEA to continue to effectively advocate for other reforms in the country that will promote a just and equitable society.
It is also expected that the capacities built, networks developed, lessons learnt and experiences from this program will strengthen the position of professionals in future engagement in public affairs advocacy and will be incorporated into the regular activities of the Association after the lifespan of the program.
At the end of the Programme, It is expected that APSEA will build upon the experiences and lessons learnt from the proposed program in its participation in pre-referendum civic education where it is also designated as to play an important role and the same shall apply for the TJRC. The experience will also build on other programs planned for the future including those related to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
For record purposes, APSEA has been actively involved in the constitutional review process participating in the initial Limuru conferences, the Ufungamano Initiative, the Safari Park meetings, the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) in Bomas and ultimately the civic education prior to the 2005 referendum. APSEA was appointed by the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) as one of the 37 National Civic Education Providers (NCEPs). The Association remained positively neutral in conducting the civic education and held workshops in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. APSEA was also engaged at the Multi Sectoral Review Forum that was constituted by the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs to jumpstart the constitution review process prior to the 2007 General Election.
Members of the Committee include
1. Mr. Felix O. Okatch - Convenor
2. Mr. Collins Kowuor - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya
3. Mr. Caesar Barare -Society of Radiography in Kenya
4. Mr. Charles Omondi - Society of Radiography in Kenya
5. Mr. James Foster - Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya
6. Prof Saad Yahya - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya
7. Mr. George Kimeu - Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya
8. Mr. Loise Ruhiu -Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya
9. Dr. Stephen Ochiel -Kenya Medical Association
10. Mr. Archibald Kithaka -Law Society of Kenya
11. Mr. Stephen Nyarango -Law Society of Kenya
12. Prof. Beneah Odhiambo -Law Society of Kenya
I wish to thank all committee members for the commitment and sacrifice they have made to ensure that this Programme succeeds.
Felix O. Okatch
Convenor of the Public Affairs Committee
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