Jukumu Letu Mombasa County started on 20th July 2015 with activities being implemented as follows
Meetings/ Courtesy calls
The meeting took place on 21st July 2015 at the Little Theatre Auditorium with a total of 20 participants (18 Male & 2 female). CRECO was represented by Mr. Joshua Changwony and Boaz Mugoto while Ilishe Trust was represented by Hezron Katana. Organisations represented included among others;
- HAKI CETRE
- Ujamaaa Centre
- Juhudi Community Support Centre
- House of Talent
- Baraka fm
- Sauti ya Makao
- Kwacha Africa
Those who sent apologies but promised to join in Jukumu Letu activities later included;
1. Haki Africa
The main purpose of the meeting was to seek to partner with organisations that work in Mombasa County and share with them on Jukumu Letu project. The meeting also sought to get support of these organisations in mobilisation for the activities and especially during the launch/ activation which would be the apex of all the activities.
Issues that affect the people of Mombasa were shared; these were as follows
Rampant drug use and abuse among the youth
Radicalization/Extremism and insecurity seen as a result of poor handling of terror suspects by the government
Extrajudicial killings by the police, youth just disappear and later found dead
Lack of public participation seen as the major problem
Land issues, many people do not own title deeds and thus are not able to access to certain services like loans e.t.c.
Social economic unfairness, non Mombasa people are employed by different government departments both National & County
It is felt that people have a mindset that ‘we have been marginalised’ and thus not able to participate in any developmental initiatives
Venue for the launch was identified and agreed on. This would be at Mama Ngina Drive. Others which had been proposed included; Khadija grounds, Frere centre, Tononoka, Kadogo ground and Jomo Kenyatta public beach.
The link contact persons to various county leaders (Governor, Senator, MP for Mvita, MCAs for Juda & Changamwe, County Speaker) were identified and their contacts shared.
Meeting with Zangalewa Group
Zangalewa is a group known for its entertainment activities in the whole of coastal region and thus there was need to involve them in the Jukumu Letu project. They resolved to work with Jukumu Letu and would attend all the major activities starting with presentation on the constitution content set for Monday 27th July 2015, the dress rehearsal on Friday 31st July 2015 and the main activation on 1st August 2015. They would help in mobilisation of the public on the launch day.
Meeting with Deputy County Commissioner
The meeting took place on 22nd July 2015 at the County Commissioner’s office. The purpose of this meeting was to seek the office of the County Commissioner to support the Jukumu Letu initiative and invite the commissioner to the launch. On behalf of the County Commissioner, his deputy – Mr. Charles Akwanado promised that the office would be represented and after listening to the highlights on Jukumu Letu presented by Regina Opondo – Executive Secretary CRECO, he fully supported the initiative and requested that apart from targeting public, CRECO through ILISHE to organise for a platform for all elected leaders, the governments (both National and County), opinion, community and local leaders.
Meeting with IEBC Regional Coordinator
This was done on 22nd July 2015 when Regina Opondo (CRECO Executive Secretary) and Joshua Changwony (Program Coordinator) paid a courtesy call to their offices. The IEBC Coordinator Ms. Amina Soud promised to educate the public on voter education as well as those who have ID cards and have not registered would have an opportunity to be registered.
Meeting with County Speaker
A courtesy call was done to the office of the County Speaker Mr. Thaddeus Rajwayi on 23rd July 2015. The Clerk of the County Assembly Mr. Tubman Otieno was also present
The two agreed to support the initiative but requested for information on their roles in the program during launch.