Vebjørn with members of Burat Community Action Team (CAT)Vebjørn with members of Burat Community Action Team (CAT)

How civic education improves life in Isiolo and how Human Rights improves business in Meru

Deputy Ambassador Vebjørn Heines was in Isiolo and Meru counties on 15 and 16 December to visit projects of Embassy partners InformAction and Kenya Human Rights Commission respectively.

“Greed is our problem, we all need to have what is rightfully ours and leave what belongs to others alone! Thanks to InformAction, we now know what each of our leaders` job is and we shall ask them to tell us what they have done!” 

The passionate speakers were participants at a packed community screening and debate session in Burat area, Isiolo County, organized by the Embassy’s partner InformAction. They were making contributions following a documentary film screened by InformAction about boundary conflicts affecting their area. Participants had come from seven villages and included community elders and some religious leaders. The Embassy team later learnt that the community, through a mechanism called Community Action Teams (CAT), presented a petition to the authorities outlining their demands related to the conflict. It was a privilege for the Embassy to meet the end users of our support and to confirm its positive contribution towards empowering communities engage on issues affecting them.

Vebjørn also paid courtesy calls to the Isiolo County Commissioner and County Government offices, and later met with a representative from the Electoral body (IEBC) responsible for Isiolo and Marsabit counties.  All three meetings confirmed that the Embassy's support to civic and community participation was a priority need for the county.

The Embassy team thereafter proceeded to Meru County where Vebjørn held fruitful discussions with Meru Deputy Governor together with County Secretary, and later visited farmers to learn about implementation of farmers rights in the horticulture export supply chain, a project by Kenya Human Rights Commission.

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