December 5, 2013
Illegal Tenants Handover Houses in Kiambiu Amb. Godec witnessing the handover ceremony in Kiambiu yesterday.
TENANTS who capitalized on the 20072008 post election violence to occupy houses in Kiambiu slum returned them to rightful owners yesterday. US ambassador Robert Godec presided over the ceremony that was held at the Chief’s Camp in Kiambiu yesterday. Amb. Godec thanked the slum community and Kenya Tuna Uwezo (KTU) project for their eﬀorts to enhance peaceful coexistence among residents in the area.
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At a glance
13 people voluntarily hand over houses acquired during 2008/2008 PEV to rightful owners. US ambassador presides over ceremony, citing it as an example of the fact the “change is possible.” Handover ceremony - an outcome of reconcilition process being undertaken in the slum areas (Mathare, Korogocho, Kibera and Kiambiu) by the KTU project
He also lauded the aﬀected parties for dealing with the land problem in the slum peacefully.
The voluntary handover exercise was a result of the reconciliation and healing process initiated by the Kenya Tuna Uwezo.
“Land and housing represent a significant hurdle for peace and reconciliation eﬀorts in many parts of the country. Lessons learnt from the process in Kiambiu oﬀer hope and should encourage all Kenyans that change is possible.” He noted.
Funded by the USAID, KTU aims at reducing political and ethnically motivated conflict in Kiambiu, Korogocho, Mathare and Kibera slums.
Thirteen people returned houses that they had illegally acquired.
PeaceNet Kenya CEO Mr. Stephen Kirimi and CHF director Seline Korir also attended the event.
US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec is welcomed by the ‘Cohesion Champions’
Ambassador Godec , USAID Mission Director Tina Dooley-Jones and PeaceNet CEO Mr. Stephen Kirimi
KTU Director Seline Korir chatting with the ambassador as KTU Program Oﬃcer Gilbert Onyango looks on. Cohesion Champions in action during the event
Possing for a photo with some of the participants
Delivering his speech as PeaceNet CEO assists in translation
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PeaceNet Chairman Michael Muragu addressing the audience at the event
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Project OďŹƒcer Gilbert Onyango addressing the audience
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