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CRECO with support from Ford Foundation, Uraia Trust and Hivos East Africa held its 1st Regional Learning Platform on Constitutions and Elections whose theme was: “Exploring the dynamics of Constitutionalism and Elections in the Region“, on Monday 20th – Tuesday 21st May 2013 at Hilton Nairobi. The learning platform brought speakers from as far as Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda and Burundi. Key note speakers included Justice David Majanja of the High Court, Prof. George Kanyeihamba, Retired Justice Supreme Court of Uganda, Dr. Alexander Makulilo of the University of Dar es Salaam, Mr. Thierry Ndayishimiye, Journalist with the Arc du Ciel Newspaper in Burundi, and Ms. Grace Kimani-Maingi, CEO Uraia Trust.
The regional learning platform was a success with participants, speakers and discussants key among them Mr. Felix Odhiambo of EISA, Mr. George Kegoro of ICJ -Kenya, Mr. Charles Nyachae of CIC, Ms. Helen Obande of UDPK Mr. Waikwa Wanyoike of Katiba Institute, Ms. Josephine Mongare, Board Member of FIDA – Kenya, Mr. Paul Masese of CRECO all sharing their experiences and views on issue ranging from affirmative action, the right of persons with disabilities to participate in electoral and democratic processes, the supreme court of Kenya decision on the election of 4th March 2013 among others. The meeting was closed with a word of thanks from Mr. Maurice Makoloo of Ford Foundation. A report of the process will be shared once finalised.
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) who are also CRECO member organisation, was the overall winner of the 5th Edition of the CSOYA Awards 2011. Honorable Sophia Abdi (nominated Member of Parliament) was the chief quest.