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The Kenya national dialogue and reconciliation: Building a progressive Kenya, our common vision - Views of stakeholders

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Foreword

Dialogue with diverse stakeholder groups was a hallmark of the mediation process and was used by the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities to ensure that a wide cross-section of views and perspectives was represented in the negotiations that led to the signing of the National Accord and agreement on Agenda Item 4.

As a result, the whole process of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) was owned, not only by the signatories, but also by the people of Kenya as a whole.

By bringing people together around one table, the Panel made sure that the diverse interests and approaches of disparate organizations coalesced around the implementation of the objectives and goals of the KNDR process. A chorus of different voices soon became a united front, advocating a common message of peace and unity.

The Panel has maintained its collaborative partnership with stakeholder groups since the end of the mediation and, once again, has invited them to participate in the “Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation: Building a Progressive Kenya” conference, to take place in Nairobi on 5 – 6 December, 2011.

I am greatly encouraged that many of those participating in the conference have submitted contributions to this volume on their respective visions of building a progressive Kenya. I know that their ideas will shape the discussions we have and will be referenced long after the conference has concluded.

The engagement and participation of all Kenyans in determining the future of their country will go a long way to building a stable, secure and prosperous country.
Kofi A. Annan