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Kenya forms cohesion commission

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – President Mwai Kibaki has appointed nine commissioners of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to serve for a period of three years.

In the appointments Dr Mzalendo Kibunja will act as the Chairman. Other members of the Commission are Jane Mumbi Kiano, Mary Onyango, Rev Lawrence Bomett and Alice Nderitu.

Also to serve in the Commission are Dr Ahmed Yassin, Milly Lwanga, Fatuma Mohamud Mohammed and Halakhe D. Waqo. Dr Mzalendo holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Jersey USA and worked as a Director of the Museums of Kenya.

Mrs Jane Kiano has wide experience in public service and has served as the National Chairperson, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization.

Mrs Mary Onyango holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Maastricht in Netherlands while Rev Lawrence Bomett holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Illinois, USA.

Ms Alice Nderitu is a holder of a Master of Arts degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Nairobi. On his part Dr Ahmed Yassin holds a PhD degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ms Milly Lwanga is a holder of a Masters Degree in International Human Rights and Law from Lund University, Sweden while Ms Fatuma Mohamud Mohamed holds a Master of Arts degree in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi and is currently the Programme Director, Women Advancement Initiative Kenya.

Mr Halakhe D. Waqo holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and worked as an Advisor, International Emergencies and Conflict, East Africa.

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Majority of the Commissioners, five out of the eight, are women. Parliament nominated 15 persons for appointment as Commissioners of the National Cohesion and Integration

The Commission’s main mandate is to promote the elimination of all forms of discrimination on basis of ethnicity or race in the country. It will also be tasked to promote tolerance and understanding of diversity. It will also promote public awareness on racial and ethnic harmony

The team will Investigate complaint of racial or ethnic discrimination and make recommendation to the Attorney General or other relevant authority.  It will make Special Reports to Parliament any time and monitor and report to Parliament on the implementation of its recommendations.


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