We Are Watching You

Behind the political violence experienced in Kenya in 2007-08 is a deeply engrained impunity for Kenyan politicians at all levels: not only in courts but also in the minds and loyalties of the wanachi. Politicians are able to use inciting language and bribery on the campaign to mask their lack of accomplishments, or even their implication in scandal. High-level corruption prevails within government institutions, but politicians are rarely held accountable for involvement in corruption. Citizens are often too willing to forget the corruption and scandals that arise as well as the lack of follow-through on political promises; and when they do recognise and wish to act, they rarely have the lev...

We Are Watching You
ACREF Office, Baba Ndogo
Nairobi, Nairobi 101883-00101
Kenya
+25472395008

Board of Directors

Suraj Sudhakar, Paida Nyamkanga, Patricia Jumi

Mission

Behind the political violence experienced in Kenya in 2007-08 is a deeply engrained impunity for Kenyan politicians at all levels: not only in courts but also in the minds and loyalties of the wanachi. Politicians are able to use inciting language and bribery on the campaign to mask their lack of accomplishments, or even their implication in scandal. High-level corruption prevails within government institutions, but politicians are rarely held accountable for involvement in corruption. Citizens are often too willing to forget the corruption and scandals that arise as well as the lack of follow-through on political promises; and when they do recognise and wish to act, they rarely have the leverage to be heard by politicians. This lack of real political accountability means that politicians are able to rally groups along tribal lines and to incite conflict and tensions. To tackle the lack of political accountability and high levels of corruption, there is thus a need to provide an outlet for citizens and civil society organisations to speak with a collective and powerful voice that will be heard by Kenya's politicians. We Are Watching You reaches the common wanachi by using popular media, specifically music, and local forums engaging youth in conversation and education on these subjects to create cultural vigilance and monitoring of politicians and their actions. Through these means the campaign creates a significant constituency speaking together in one voice. The concerts include civil society and NGO leaders as speakers and provide an opportunity for these leaders to confirm commitments to the campaign.

Programs

One of the programs that we put on is political forums. These political forums are held in the slums of Nairobi where we bring together community leaders, religious leaders, and youth. Some of the topics we cover are entrepreneurship, tribalism, the new Kenyan constitution, and leadership. Another program we run is a video campaign about the importance of post election peace. This video is played in hospitals, banks, buses, and schools. We also run a program called Music for Cultural Peace and Non-Violence. This programs bring people in the slums together for civic education and entertainment. This project encourages cultural understanding amongst all the people that attend. The next project that we are focusing on is a civic education campaign called My Vote My Life. This campaign will target middle class business owners and youths to practice their constitutional right to vote rather than use violence.

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