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Responsibilities of KESOFO Top Seats.

It seems that Kenyans in Sweden will have to wait for a while to know the next chairperson of KESOFO. The former interim chairlady Miss. Winnie Mukaru did not contest in last weeks elections. However, she openly supported the Forum’s elections in which eight executive committee members were elected. She promised to give her support to the Forum and wished the new team good luck.

The big question surrounding KESOFO is whether a new occupant will be loyal to the Forum as Miss. Mukaru was. She was a hard working chairlady and helped the Forum to achieve a lot in a very short period of time. Sources close to Jamii divulged that, the forum has to strategize before choosing the next person to take the hot seat. Putting political demography into account, the Forum’s power-brokers knows quite well what the urgent replacement of Miss. Mukaru is at stake, hence a need to get a leader who can drive the Forum into a new face of challenges.

Those who are interested in the top seat are not easy to say by now but from the way things are, anything is possible. The house of KESOFO is full of leaders and the Committee will have to choose carefully to get the right candidate. KESOFO elections came at a crucial time when Kenya is headed for the general elections at the end of 2007. It is one of those times when democracy talks are instantly replaced by impunity and corruption in all its manifestations in Kenya.

The Forum is now faced with issues like good governance, rule of law, human rights, human dignity, democracy and its institutions, people’s sovereignty and of great interest to Kenyans is how KESOFO will help them to connect human rights discourse, poverty and corruption. We are yet to see a Kenyan Forum that can connect human rights, poverty and access to information and the fight against corruption here in Sweden.

Chairpersons should be able and willing to serve, including all days of the Meeting, and willing to commit themselves to service time during the year.  Chairpersons are expected to provide an annual report of the activities of the divisions, via electronic correspondence, or other means to the Executives. Serving the Forum is an honor, but it also entails a lot of hard work and a visionary leader who will take KESOFO from where it is to another level.  Candidates must be willing to serve along with members of the Committee.

There are 14 divisions in KESOFO and each division is very crucial. There must be at least two nominees for each division office.  The Chairperson is responsible for seeing that there is the widest possible participation in the nominations procedure. Division elections for incoming Chairs should be held during the Chair’s first year in office.  This will assure that the Chairpersons will help in the planning of programs and other division functions, and give the Chair some experience regarding the responsibilities of the Chair before taking office.

Each division must hold a divisional meeting at the Annual Meeting with the Chairperson presiding.  The divisional meeting should serve as a forum to discuss concerns of the division and nominees for Chairperson-Elect.  The divisional meeting can be a place to suggest sessions for next year’s program, plan special activities of the division, recruit members for the division and the Forum, and plan publishing projects.

All division newsletters must be placed on the Forum’s website. The division newsletter may be prepared by the Chairperson or someone within the division designated by the Chairperson. The content of the newsletter is entirely up to the person responsible for preparing it.  It can be used as a means of communicating substantive content of professional concern to the division. Division newsletter concern itself at least with the following: Program planning for the division, News or articles of interest to the division members, Encourage members to send announcements, the newsletter for building networks

The above issues are going to bring KESOFO house in order. As people go for the top seat, let them not forget that power comes with responsibilities. We want to see a KESOFO of social transformation through peace building and reconciliation, demand for better government, building democracy from below, social responsibility, our children’s safety, youth rights, respect and a forum that is not going to drive personal interest or agendas.

Kenyans in Sweden will be begging for new ideas on how to address issues of discrimination, job securities, racial brutalities in Sweden, human rights violations and how to face Swedish society in 2007. Kenyans are looking for a person who can re-address inequality, gender, leadership, democracy and betting poverty to be the platform of looking for the top seat in KESOFO. When all is said and done, it is critical to recognize that Kenyans in Sweden are not waiting for a leader who will divide them.

A large number of Kenyans have now established permanent roots in Sweden. Relatively, they have jobs, intermarriages and other connections. Some have deepened their roots by taking up Swedish citizenships. Many still maintain their Kenyan citizenship even though they may be second generation émigrés. Many of them maintain identity by direct social, economical and even political associations but some see Kenya as a mere accident of history and they have nothing to do with it. We need a leader who will bring all Kenyans together. Personal interests are not going to be tolerated within KESOFO.

Mukami, Osewe, Munala, Mwaura, Njuguna, Trabadur, Sara and Makan, heavy job is a head of you and I hope that you are ready for the challenge. The passion you have for KESOFO will be seen soon. As we wait to see how the elected committee will Share responsibilities, Kenyans are keenly looking to see how they will drive the Forum, the big question is how the Forum will deal with the above.

Munala wa Munala.

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