Bunge la Mwananchi to host First Kenyan Pan African Congress

Bunge la Mwananchi (BLM) will tomorrow Tuesday the 28 July 2015 host the first Kenyan Pan-African Congress (KENPAC) at Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi.

Three weeks ago, BLM elected a team from among her members to coordinate with other stakeholders for the success of the event. The team include Charles Mc’ Olonde, Rachael Mwikali, Emily Kwamboka, David Cidi Otieno, Kimtai, Nicholas Kimanzi, Mungai and Steve.

According to a communiqué by Charles Mc’Olonde, the convener of the KENPAC and a member of the Pan-African Movement – Kenya (PAM-KE), the meeting shall begin at 10am and shall involve Platform Discussion with a view of developing the Kenyan Position ahead of Eastern African Pan-African Congress (EAPAC) scheduled to be held tentatively between 10 and 12 August 2015 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC). KENPAC shall also elect delegates to the EAPAC. The theme of the KENPAC shall be “Africa Mashinani” loosely translated to mean that the Pan African Movement (PAM) should be composed of grassroots organizations for the movement to grow.

In May, during a meeting between President Kenyatta and the Ugandan Minister for Justice (Rtd) Maj Gen Kahinda Otafire who also doubles as the chairman of the Pan African Movement, President Kenyatta directed the Attorney General to liaise Pan African Congress to ensure that the meeting is held successfully.

(Rtd) Maj Gen Kahinda Otafire
(Rtd) Maj Gen Kahinda Otafire (File Picture)

The regional EAPAC will culminate to the eighth Pan African Congress, which is scheduled to be held next year. The seventh Pan African Congress was held 22 years ago in Kampala Uganda. The Pan African Movement (PAM) is based on the belief that unity of all Africans is vital to the continent’s socio-economic and political progress.

PAM is composed of several stakeholders including Social Movements, government, political parties and women and youth’s groups, Civil Society Organizations, and the academia among others.

However the road to the EAPAC has been bumpy with key stakeholders disagreeing on the mode of selection of delegates and participants to represent Kenya at the EAPAC. The KENPAC will elect delegates to represent Kenya in the regional EAPAC.

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