Kamukunji Volunteers plan their next steps forward

September 16, 2011

After the success of the by-election programming, in which SNA-K sent civic education, voter education, and peace messages leading up to the election, and also collected questions from subscribers to bring to the political debate, the SNA-K Kamukunji community volunteers got together this week to start planning how they want to move forward.

Since the projects will take some time to plan and implement, the group first decided on what messages they will send over the next month to subscribers in order to keep in touch. The community volunteers had previously come up with about 50 civic education messages related to various civic education themes, including the Community Development Funds (CDF), in which subscribers had expressed particular interest. In this meeting, the group identified four important messages on CDF. They will send one each week of the month. After careful discussion, message-editing (to make sure the characters of the message fit within the SMS limit and were in locally appropriate language), and translation into Swahili, the group picked four messages. The selected four messages are:

1st message: Intro

Lets participate in management of CDF. CDF includes funds for projects, bursary, emergency, capacity building, administration, sports, maintenance & environment

Tujihusishe kwa mipango ya CDF. CDF ni pesa za miradi, bursary, hatua za darura, ujenzi wa jamii, michezo, ukarabati na mazingira.

2nd SMS: Education

Bursary funds are 4 education 4 needy children. Govt provides Ksh 1000 per pupil per year 4 free primary education. You dont have to pay for bursary application

Pesa za bursary ni za elimu kwa watato masikini. Serikali imetengea kila mtoto Ksh1000 kila mwaka kwa free primary education. Huhitaji kulipa kwa maombi ya bursary.

3rd SMS: Youth

Mayouth tuchukue hatua, Youth Fund is our right! The Youth Fund is to reduce unemployment and idleness of youth. Youth fund is 4 every youth. Team up & go 4 it!

Mayouth tuchukue hatua. Youth Fund ni haki yetu! Inapunguza ukosefu wa kazi na kukaa bure mtaani. Youth Fund ni kwa kila youth. Jungeni pamoja na mjitokeze!

 

4th SMS

Its not a favor from your elected leader. Its your right to benefit from CDF Funds. Lets work together to make sure the whole community benefits from ALL funds. (160)

Ni haki yako kufaidika na pesa za CDF, sio mapendeleo kutoka kwa kiongozi tuliemchagua. Tufanya kazi pamoja ili jamii yote ifaidike na hazina ZOTE!

Next, the volunteers moved on to discuss their proposals for how to move forward with SNA-K in Kamukunji. The group had a variety of ideas, requiring types kinds of funding. The group came up with suggestions that could be done with very little funding as well as larger events that would create name recognition and trust within the community but would require greater funding and could be included in larger proposals. One exciting idea that was prioritized was to design a peace curriculum and train volunteers to bring it into the high schools. The volunteers noted that high school students, especially those about to graduate, represent a population that may soon be idle and easily used for violence and intimidation. Other ideas included spreading the message about SNA-K through videos in matatus, and creating community-level dialogue about peace through street theatre.

This meeting assessed the level of commitment and thought that the volunteers had to continue SNA-K, and a second meeting will facilitate a more in-depth analysis of the role of Kamukunji in conflict and communication dynamics within Nairobi, and will then revisit these ideas to prioritize them and add new ideas. The Kamukunji team members understand that the funding is now over, but are excited to find ways to continue with the remaining messages and low-cost activities.


Kamukunji by-election

August 26, 2011

The Kamukunji by-election took place last Thursday. The by-election was generally peaceful, aside from incidents of voter bribery and intimidation. SNA-K started its messaging early in the day, informing voters on how to mark their ballots and encouraging Kamukunji residents to vote. SNA-K also sent a message after results were announced reminding Kamukunjians that the new MP would be accountable to all residents.

The team is having an evaluation meeting next Tuesday August 30th to evaluate the election and how we can improve programming for 2012 and scheduling the exact program for civic engagement and education in Kamukunji in the coming months.

Read and watch more information on the Kamukunji by-election from some of Kenya’s major news providers:

1) Videos about the by-election from Citizen TV on issues and campaigns.

2) News articles on election day from The Standard and The Daily Nation.


Voter Education with the Interim Independent Electoral Commission

August 16, 2011

This past Friday, a small group from SNA-K’s Kamukunji team had a workshop with the Intererim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).

As the Kamukunji by-elections approach (they will take place this Thursday, August 18th), SNA-K is increasing its civic education messaging in Kamukunji in four major areas: encouraging individuals to vote and have a voice, educating voters on the qualities of good leadership and voter bribery, letting subscribers know exactly how things will work on election day, and encouraging unity and an understanding that whoever wins should represent all the people of Kamukunji, not just their particular group or the people who voted for them.

The workshop with the IIEC served two purposes: first, to educate the local SNA-K team on exactly how the by-elections would work and create additional SMS addressing issues addressed at the workshop, and to amplify the IIEC’s impact by bringing their education to SNA-K’s broad audience of subscribers.

The workshop was a great success, and the end result was a schedule of SMS to send to Kamukunji subscribers that combined SNA-K’s original messages with additional messages and information from the IIEC. See below for the scheduled SMS!

Schedule of SMS for Kamukunji:

SATURDAY (August 13)

  • Leadership
    • A good leader initiates and encourages peace and development among all people and is not tribal. Choose VISMART & vote peacefully Kamukunji!
    • Kiongozi mwema ni yule ambaye anahimiza amani na si mkabila. Tuwe na uchaguzi wa amani Kamukunji.

SUNDAY (August 14)

  • Leadership
    • Under the new Constitution, a good leader must respect human rights, rule of law, equity and gender. Dumisha amani Kamukunji and vote based on policies!
      Chini ya Katiba mpya, kiongozi bora ni lazima aheshimu haki za binadamu, jinsia, sheria, na usawa. Dumisha Amani Kamukunji. Chagua sera bora!!!!

MONDAY  (August 15)

  • Leadership
    • New Constitution says a leader should be accountable, meaning we can reach out & remind them of their promises to us. A good leader should keep promises.
      Katiba mpya inasema kiongozi anapaswa kuwajibika, kiasi kwamba wananchi tunawezo wa kumkumbusha ahadi zake kwetu. Kiongozi bora anatimiza ahadi zake!!
    • Disclaimer: U are receiving SMS from Sisi ni Amani because u signed up. Apologies if u have received messages in error. SMS STOP to 073539000 to unsubscribe.
  • Bribery:
    • Vote for someone who will improve life in Kamukunji, not one who gives you money today then leaves. Money today will not help you in life, but development will!
      Tuchague kiongozi atakaye boresha maisha ya watu wa Kamukunji, sio yule leo, anakupa pesa, haitakusaidia maishani! lakini maendeleo yatakusaidia. (157 xters)

TUESDAY (August 16)

  • Leadership
    • Vote for policies, not politics or party. Keep peace for development in Kamukunji, and vote for a leader who you think will improve Kamukunji.
    • Chagua sera, sio siasa ama chama. Dumisha amani kwa maendeleo Kamukunji, na chagua kiongozi atakae imarisha Kamukunji.
  • Bribery
    • The bright future of Kamukunji is voting for a leader who earns your vote with policies, not bribes. Choose a leader with national values and integrity.
    • Ili tupate maendeleo Kamukunji katika siku za usoni lazima tuchague kiongozi wa maana. Chagua kiongozi ambaye anamaadili ya kitaifa na uadilifu. (145 xters)
  • You should vote
    • Whoever wins Kamukunji by-elections will represent us all. Even if u don’t like any candidate, vote for the one u dislike the least! Your vote, your voice.
    • Yule ambaye atashinda uchaguzi atatuwakilisha sote. Hata kama humpendelei kiongozi yeyote mchague yule ambaye si mbaya sana. Kura yako, sauti yako.

WEDNESDAY (August 17)

  • Instructions
    • Remember, it is illegal to vote more than once. Vote only once tomorrow. Polling stations will verify your identity electronically./Kumbuka ni hatia kupiga kura zaidi ya mara moja. Piga kura mara moja tu kesho. Kituo cha kupigia kura kitakuthibitisha kwa njia ya electroniki.
    • You will only be able to vote at the polling station where you registered. If u have forgotten, it is written on the back of your voter registration card./Utapiga kura katika kituo ulikosajiliwa. iwapo umesahau kituo chako cha kupigia kura, tafadhali angalia nyuma ya kadi yako ya kura.
    • Remember to carry your original ID or passport and voters card to your registered polling station. You must carry the ID or passport that you registered with to vote./Utakapoenda kupiga kura, kumbuka kubeba kitambulisho chako au passiporti hasili uliotumia wakati wa kujisajili kuwa mpiga kura.
  • Encourage people to vote
    • The future of Kamukunji is in your hands. Exercise your democratic right to vote for maisha betta! Come vote tomorrow between 6am and 5pm for a betta future.
    • Maendeleo ya usoni ya Kamukunji yamo mikononi mwako. Tekeleza haki yako ya kidemokrasia kwa kupiga kura kwa maisha betta. Piga kura kesho kati ya 6am – 5pm.

THURSDAY (August 18 – voting day)

  • Instructions
    • When you vote, make a tick, not an X! Please don’t write outside of the box. Also, remember to make sure that the clerk stamps the back of your ballot paper.
    • Alama ya kuchagua ni tick si X! Na tafadhali isipite nje ya kisanduku. Pia, hakikisha karani amepiga muhuri nyuma ya karatasi ya uchaguzi yako.
  • Remember to vote
    • Come vote Kamukunjians! We can only have democracy if we choose to vote and make our voices heard. Your vote, your life.
    • Wanakamukunji tujitokeze kupiga kura! Tutapata demokrasia iwapo tu, tutajitokeza kupiga kura ndiposa sauti zetu zisikike.
  • Bribery
    • Let no one buy your vote, it’s your future. Your vote is worth more than any token a politician can give you & voter bribery is illegal.
    • Usikubali mtu yeyote anunue kura yako, ni haki yako. Kura yako inadhamani kubwa kuliko kitu kidogo, ambacho mwanasiasa atakupa. Kuhongwa kupiga kura ni hatia!

Evening:

Mayouth hatutaki ngori. Tusikubali kutimiwa na wanasiasa. Zuia noma, dumisha amani. Sisi sote ni wanakamukunji! Tuwe pamoja kwa amani katika mitaa yetu.

Mayouths stop violence, keep peace. Let’s not be used by the politicians! We are all Kamukunjians! Lets be together for peace in our areas.

When individual polling station results are posted:

By-election results for each polling station have now been posted outside the polling stations. The results will now be tallied.

Matokeo ya uchaguzi katika kila kituo cha kupiga kura yatachapishwa nje ya kituo hicho. Matokeo yatajumulishwa.

When results are announced:

The results are in and X has won. We have a new leader, so together let’s hold him accountable for improving life for everyone in Kamukunji.

Matokeo yametangazwa rasmi na X ameibuka mshindi. Tumpata mbunge, pamoja tumwajibikishe  kwa maendeleo na maisha kila mtu wa Kamukunji.


Civic Education Training: Kamukunji

July 25, 2011

This Wednesday July 20th, SNA-K held a civic education training and SMS creation workshop in Kamukunji for its Kamukunji volunteers.  The volunteers represent all wards in Kamukunji constituency, as well as different genders, ethnic communities, religions, and ages. The group has been working closely with SNA-K throughout the Kamukunji programs, and have interacted with the community throughout as SNA-K local representatives.

 

The workshop focused first on the new structure of the Kenyan government at the national and county level, specifically focusing on which positions will be voted for and values of ethical leadership. The next portion of the workshop focused on government funds available at the local level, including Constituency Development Funds and Bursary programs. For each portion of the program, participants broke into small groups to create SMS that they believed would bring the most important information to the community.  The civic education SMS will be sent to the community subscribers as we await further notice regarding the postponed by-elections.

 

The forum ended with a survey of all participants asking about whether or not they believed the programming has had an impact in the community and why, as well as how they think things can be improved. Survey results will be published soon!


Kamukunji Programming

July 14, 2011

Kamukunji is a constituency in Nairobi that is a central to politics within the city. It is a focal point of jua kali work (“hot sun” work, or casual outdoor labor) within the city, and has a very diverse population.

SNA-K’s Project: SNA-K received a short-term grant from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) to conduct programming in Kamukunji in the lead-up to a disputed by-election [sic] for the area’s Member of Parliament, which was scheduled for the end of May 2011. SNA-K began work in Kamukunji in April 2011.

SNA-K recruited 18 volunteers from Kamukunji community organizations who conducted outreach for the local phone number throughout Kamukunji. Approximately 7,000 individuals signed up in the volunteers’ two weeks of outreach. Subscribers were varied, with jobs ranging from civil servants, elders, and religious leaders, to matatu touts (workers on a form of public transportation), unemployed, housewives, and jua kali labor.

Confirmed subscribers received civic education messages sensitizing them to good leadership under the new Constitution, which were created through an expert-led workshop with SNA-K’s Kamukunji volunteers. Over 5,000 subscribers were given the opportunity to participate in an SMS-based survey of community needs, which was used to craft questions at a local debate between political aspirants (results to be available on this website soon). The most common community concern was unemployment.

One business day before the by-election was scheduled to take place, Kenya’s High Court postponed the election because of a pending election-related case. SNA-K sent a message to its subscribers asking them to wait peacefully and patiently for more information and to accept the High Court’s ruling. The community response was overwhelmingly positive, and community members called SNA-K’s volunteers to thank them for the message and let them know that it provided accurate information and helped to maintain peace and patience in Kamukunji.

Throughout the process, SNA-K used its Kamukunji network to monitor tensions and signs of tensions, and engaged in collaboration with the NSC (National Steering Committee, a government body appointed with coordinating Early Warning and Response). SNA-K reported signs of tension to the NSC for action.

Looking Forward: SNA-K is continuing to develop civic education messaging to educate Kamukunji subscribers about the new Constitution, and following closely as the High Court case proceeds with its case and decision with regards to the continuation of the by-election.