No Justice for Gpo, Oscar & Godwin. One Year Ago, Human Rights Defenders Were Gunned Down in Cold Blood.


The First GPO Oulu, Oscar Kingara and Godwin Ogato Memorial Ceremony On Friday 5th March 2010

” Justice be our shield and defender. May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty” Kenya National Anthem

On 5th March 2009, two human rights crusaders, Mr. George Paul Oulu and Oscar Kingara of the Oscar Foundation and one innocent University of Nairobi student, Mr. Godwin Ogato were shot dead in mysterious circumstances along State House Avenue. To date, no information from the numerous investigations into their deaths has been provided to their families, friends and members of the Public.

In remembrance of this day, the 1st GPO Oulu, Kingara and Ogato Memorial Ceremony is set to be marked on Friday, 5th March 2010.

The Ceremony on the 5th of March will be marked by a Tree Planting Exercise in honour of the three at the Freedom Corner from 11:00 to 11:45. This will then be followed by a sombre march to the site of their shooting, along State House Avenue for a brief ceremony and lighting of candles in their memory. The memorial will then move to Kisumu Rural, the home area of GPO for a final laying of a wreath of flowers on GPO Oulu’s grave at Holo and Kombewa.

This will be a sombre ceremony, recognizing the tireless efforts of Comrade GPO Oulu and Oscar Kingara in their efforts to liberate Kenya.

Hon. Paul Muite, Hon. Gitobu Imanyara, Mr. Mwalimu Mati, Mr. Cyprian Nyamwamu among a host of other human rights crusaders are expected to grace the event, in addition to friends and families of the three fallen heroes and Kenyans of goodwill.

As our efforts to obtain a permit from the Kenya Police to hold a peaceful memorial ceremony for the fallen comrades have remained fruitless, we intend to deliver, yet another notification letter to the PPO Nairobi Province tomorrow at 10.00 AM.

Signed and issued by the Organizing Committee

GPO Oulu and Oscar Kingara, Godwin Ogata Memorial

GPO OULU REMEMBERED.

GPO a former student leader and social justice activist and Paul Kingara a human rights defender were killed in a hail of bullets a year ago near The University of Nairobi hostels. It is a paradox and great shame that the cowards had to kill GPO near his alma mater where in so many years he fought battles to build a strong student union that responded to nation building and re-creating a nation where all Kenyans lived in dignity. That GPO Oulu suffered in his student leaders to correct rot in SONU-the student union can not be gainsaid that he had to die at the hallowed grounds of an intellectual reservoir pained all who had hope in. That GPO Oulu had to die a cold death, that the people who felled them feared to face them and argue their case is reason enough that Kenya is not there yet. That GPO died fighting for the Kenyan people’s right cannot be forgotten. He raised his voice for the voiceless and the unreached.

GPO Oulu was not a coward, he had no apologies to make to those who promoted bigotry, tribalism, self-aggrandizement, corruption and personal glory. GPO the leader led from the front and sacrificed any little comfort for the student fraternity. That is how all people from his Kikuyu campus to Parklands campus and main campus came to know him, a man fearless and steadfast that even when he was the only one fighting for the rights of the students he would not cower. To GPO that he came from a humble background and that he had a huge responsibility at home did not stop him fro standing for humanity. He did care that a better Kenya would bet a better home for everyone.

This month has we remember GPO Oulu, we also remember the student leaders of yester years on whose blood we stand. To all student leaders in our institutions of higher learning your calling is greater than your tribe and parochial politics. The gift the youth of this country can give GPO Oulu and the rest who have gone before us is to stand and risk for a better Kenya. GPO Oulu’s calling is for a Kenya that is united where all communities work in diversity to build a nation that takes care of all without prejudice and discrimination. A nation where rule of law, good governance and democracy are the pillars for socio-economic and political development. Where Kenyans access basic needs without feeling like they are getting favours, where opportunities for all is the credo of service to the nation.

Today we raise our voices and cry for truth and justice to be served to the fallen heroes. That the murders have not been resolved to date is a shame to all institutions of this nation. This shows the rot and failure in government, the impunity that the Kenyan people suffer everyday.

To those who believed in GPO Oulu, to those who want a better Kenya, we should all demand that action is taken. That we know who killed the two. Every Kenyan’ Human rights defender’s fear today is who will be next? Will we get cowed? Will this go on?

Douglas Arege,

Kisii

The Assassination of Two Leading Civil Rights Defenders Statement Released by the Kenya Civil Society 5th March 2009

This evening, two leading human rights defenders, Mr. Oscar Kamau King’ara and Mr. John Paul Oulu (also known as GPO), both of Oscar Foundation, were executed in cold blood by a group of men in two vehicles. The two were driving to meet Mr. Kamanda Mucheke of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights at his office. Eyewitnesses have said that the assassins were policemen. In fact, the minibus driver was in police uniform.

An eyewitness at the scene was also shot in the leg and was later taken away from the scene by policemen. We are calling upon the police to reveal the whereabouts of this man since he might be the only one who can positively identify both the assassins and their vehicles. Therefore, we fear for his life.

Oscar was a trained lawyer and a human rights advocate who was the Chief Executive Officer of Oscar Foundation. He was a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

Mr. GPO Oulu was a former student leader, and an educationist who has worked for many human rights organizations, including the Youth Agenda. He left the Youth Agenda recently to join the Oscar Foundation as the Communications and Advocacy Officer.

Oscar Foundation is a registered charitable organization that offers free legal services to the poor. Some of its major projects include organizing caravans to offer free legal aid to the poor around the country. They have a strong track record researching corruption in the police force, the prisons, and police brutality against the urban poor. The latest activity was researching and documenting cases of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings.

The Oscar Foundation has been a major source of information to Parliament on atrocities playing out against the poor in the country. On February 18, 2009, before Parliament debated the motion on extra-Judicial killings, he presented Oscar Foundation’s findings on ongoing extra judicial killings to Hon. Peter Mwathi, the motion’s mover. Their last engagement with Parliament was a presentation to the Kioni Committee investigating organized gangs a couple of days ago.

We believe they were killed because of the sensitive information they had shared with both the Prof. Philip Alston the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, and with the MPs.

Where we are in Kenya today is where the Jews were in Nazi Germany shortly before the Holocaust. The Nazis stage-managed a smear campaign that made the public hate the Jews and allow for their extermination.

During the Emergency the colonial government hired collaborators to commit atrocities which they blamed on the Mau Mau to give them a bad name so that they could exterminate them.

We hold the Government Spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua complicit in the two murders for making wild allegations that the Oscar Foundation was a civil society front for Mungiki, and they were going to deal with it. What does he know about the assassinations? Was this what he meant by dealing with the Oscar Foundation?

As we condole with the families of the deceased, we assure them, and the nation that their deaths are not in vain.

Signed
Kenya Civil Society

Related;

A video confession by a Kenyan Police Officer who witnessed extra-judicial killings of 58 suspects by his colleagues under orders from their superiors. The confession was taken by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights on June 25th 2008. The officer, Bernard Kiriinya was shot dead in Nairobi on October 16th 2008. He was 43 years old.He was killed when he was out to move his family.

http://marsgroupkenya.org/pages/stories/UN_Report/index.php

Nyc Iv: at Http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org the National Youth Convention Begins on Friday 19th September 2008 at the Bomas of Kenya. Theme: “rebuilding Our Nation … Reconciling Our Communities: the Challenges and Prospects for Young Kenyans” “vijanaa Tujipange”

NYC IV: at http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org The National Youth Convention begins on Friday 19th September 2008 at the Bomas of Kenya.

Theme: “Rebuilding Our Nation … Reconciling Our Communities: The Challenges and Prospects for Young Kenyans” “Vijanaa Tujipange”

Youth Vibe is a special newspaper edition of the Extra ordinary session of the National Youth Convention 2008 is published by the Mars Group Kenya and can be read here:

http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org/youth/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=16

For more information on the National Youth Convention visit: http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org

Nyc Iv; Kenyan Youth to Set National Agenda at the Extra-ordinary Session of the National Youth Convention to Be Held at the Bomas of Kenya on 19-20 September 2008.

NYC IV; Kenyan Youth to set National Agenda at the extra-ordinary session of the National Youth Convention to be held at the Bomas of Kenya on 19-20 September 2008.

The Fourth National Youth Convention will sit on the 19-20th of September. NYC IV will bring together 1,000 Young Kenyan Leaders from all 210 constituencies of the Republic of Kenya and from different backgrounds.

The Convention offers a national platform to celebrate the achievements of young Kenyans in changing public life. It is intended to build consensus on the priorities and expectations of young people across the country, their role and duties in the post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction process; to build a nationwide network of volunteer peace-makers and reconstruction workers; and to create a unifying platform for mobilizing young people across the country in Communities of Practice.

Why NYC IV?

Kenya’s demography presents a very unique picture of the population in the country as the larger population of Kenya is basically the Youth.

The violence after the December 2007 General Election results, and subsequent attempts to resolve Kenya’s governance crisis, present an opportunity for a structured and meaningful participation of Young Kenyans in the post conflict reconstruction. The last general elections demonstrated the deep-seated divisions and challenges facing Kenya. The destruction after last year’s election focused attention on the monumental tasks remaining in the process of reconstruction. The task of reconciling, reconstructing and reforming Kenya is huge and has implications on the lives and future of young people.

The Youth largely participated in and were affected by the Post Election crisis. They therefore have a stake in all discussions and actions to reconcile and reconstruct Kenya. These tasks cannot be left to the Government and politicians alone. We the Young Kenyans must rise and respond to the onerous task ahead of bringing the country back onto the track of sustainable and inclusive development. These insights led the NYC Team in partnership with other stakeholders and players in the youth development arena, to think of the space in which young people would define the future of Kenya. We need a radical new thinking through a paradigm shift to be able to manage the inspirations of young people rising to the leadership challenges of a country in transition.

The ambition of the NYC starting with NYC IV is to transform an ever deepening understanding of the complex nationhood questions into practical ideas for policy, strategy and institutional development that better integrate local interests with the interests of the whole nation. These 2 days of the NYC IV will be an arena for formulating new daring visions, for giving voice to new dreams – unimpeded by what you have to do tomorrow. Or by what you did yesterday.

We call the results from this new thinking, communities of practice prototypes. These could be advocacy plans, business ideas, ideal convention resolutions transformed to community actions. We need to identify the policies or actions that create counter tipping points that can tip the system of youth activity towards balance with national systems – as fast as we can.

The important thing is that everyone takes time to dare to think radically differently, with unbounded imagination – starting from the problem and not from existing arrangements. Community of Practice prototype is not what you think: it’s how you think.

Expected outcomes of NYC IV:

  • Role and responsibilities of young people in rising to the leadership challenge of this country.

  • Clear action plans on the youth participation in the National Agenda including; Enactment of the National Youth Policy, The National Accord, Completion of the Constitution Review Process and Strategic participation in the Public Commissions.

  • Emphasis on the change of Young people’s attitudes and personal responsibilities in relation to their identity as a country.

  • A partnership and dialogue Platform – Youth-government-public-private sector and development partners in the process of reconciling, reconstructing and reforming the Kenya.

  • A Youth Advocacy plan with Key Government, Public and Private Stakeholders on the resolutions.

What you and I will be doing by participating in the fourth National Youth Convention?

Kenya’s leadership needs new and fresh ideas. A lot of them. Much of the way the country works needs re working and cannot shift these tasks of change to the older generation alone. They belong to everyone and the Youth have a major stake in the process as they will live in this country for longer. We want to foster a new generation of leadership ideas that take on problems directly, unencumbered by convention. Ideas that get the needed things done.

New ideas do not often grow on trees. They can come about from chance connection or solitary reflection, co-creative dialogues or brainstorming sessions. This year’s convention has been designed to help new ideas come from you.

The NYC IV features Hosted Conversations or Break away sessions. These are for those of you who want to dig into a well defined challenge with other eagerly engaged people. Each of these sessions is designed to come up with clear consensus and positions. Each session has been researched on and background material provided at http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org and www.youthagenda.org

Also featured during the Convention is re-thinking the role of young people in the leadership of this country. For those of you seeking new insights or inspiration for ideas already at work in your mind, we have a broad range of plenary sessions as entry points to action oriented results.

Two days is not a long time to change Kenya. But two days with more than 1000 dedicated and creative minds should result in good sound ideas for action. This is our personal and collective opportunity this year: to come to the final plenary with ideas, workable or unworkable, in a country as it is today. Share your ‘what fits’, your ‘why nots’, your ‘yes ands’. Shock us, wow us, turn us upside down. By the end of the convention these daring visions may well be ready for some nuts and bolts that anchor them in the country.

The Constitution of Kenya talks about the Kenyan Citizen. There is no reference of tribe in the Constitution. The NYC IV starts at this point. MY TRIBE IS KENYAN. We trust that all Young Kenyans will participate in the National Youth Convention. You can participate by watching the Convention through the mainstream media, who have also pledged to support the young people of this country who make up the population, and by participating in the debate wherever you are in the Country.

Let’s put down our weapons! Let’s talk about us – as Kenyans.

Related links

Enquires to nyc@youthagenda.org

http://youth.marsgroupkenya.org

www.youthagenda.org

Sponsored by

The NYC IV is being sponsored by:

  1. A donor basket Fund under the National Response Initiative NRI under URAIA
  2. MARS Group Kenya
  3. Fredrick Ebert Foundation (FES)

With support from

The Following Organizations are part of the Team supporting NYC IV

  1. Youth Agenda
  2. YES Kenya
  3. Slum Code Group
  4. MARS Group Kenya
  5. Peacenet
  6. YPEER Network
  7. Young Women Leadership Institute
  8. Voluntary Youth Philanthropists (VYP)
  9. Young Women Christian Association
  10. NCEC
  11. Vijanaa for Peace