Tuvuke! A better Kenya for all
Among these are 17 civil society organizations that have launched a national initiative dubbed Tuvuke! whose overall objective is to promote peaceful, fair and democratic electoral process in Kenya by fostering a culture of peace, entrenching broad political participation and advocating for acceptance and diversity.
The Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga who launched the initiative rhetorically posed the question: What is Tuvuke? He said that Tuvuke was not just an empty slogan but a conscious and deep rooted statement by Kenyans on their aspirations.
The Chair of Tuvuke Steering Committee Dr. Jennifer Riria sharing on the ideals of Tuvuke said pursuing peace and being a peace maker creates life, protects life and prevents us from the dreadful experiences of the past adding that Tuvuke was not just a project but sought to be a transformational process to change mindsets.
During the official launch of the Tuvuke initiative held at a Nairobi hotel on 28th May 2012, Ford Foundation’s Regional Representative, Maurice Odhiambo Makoloo said this was one of the most important steps that Kenya was making in her “long trek to Democracy City” which would serve as a source of inspiration for all peace-loving Kenyans.
“When in 1963, the fathers and mothers of this nation endorsed in the National Anthem; ‘May we dwell in Unity, Peace and Liberty,’ it was both an earnest prayer and a clarion call. And so, I believe…we are here to answer that clarion call,” said Makoloo.
Dr. Susan Kaaria said the culmination of the Tuvuke project was preceded by many months of consultation with the implementing partners on what were the best possible initiatives to deliver peaceful elections.