Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How do I become a member of Bunge la Mwananchi?

Bunge la Mwananchi is a people’s movement organizing Kenyans to resist oppression; to fight social injustices; and to demand accountable leadership at all levels. We believe that another Kenya is possible - a Kenya where justice and development for all is a reality!

Our activities:

We organize platforms where Kenyans can freely dialogue each other on pertinent issues affecting them. Countrywide platforms are created around targeted community issues. This way of community organizing is the fastest growing movement in Kenya as traditional meeting places: at the market, street talks, under a tree, on the roadside or even neighbourhood chatspace are rebranding into Bunge la Mwananchi.

Any Kenyan who dreams of "another Kenya"; who subscribes to the struggle against issues of oppression, social injustice and imperious leadership; who is dissatisfied with the status quo; who believes in the power of organized citizens and who is interested in an alternative and easily accessible platform through which to engage the public, is an eligible and automatic member.

Kenya needs transformation! That transformation will not come from State House or from Parliament but from the villages, from the slums, from factories, from plantations, from markets, from households, from within you - places where Kenyans who are tired of bad leadership hide.

We have across the country, platforms organised by Bunge la Mwananchi: Mombasa, Voi, Machakos, Makueni, Nairobi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and coming soon to a place near you as we are also networking online Kenyans at home and abroad to join in the movement.

We aspire to mobilize millions of Kenyans to transform Kenya through issue-based politics. We are building a strong movement that will transform Kenya’s politics one Kenyan at a time.

Here’s how to start and build a Bunge la Mwananchi platform in your community or area:

a) Believe and become the CHANGE you want to see.

b) Talk about the CHANGE you believe in to your relatives, friends, neighbours, workmates, acquaintances etc

c) Invite your contacts to an informal discussion, dialogue or debate about local and national issues at your home or neutral place in your community or area.

d) Try and make sure from the dialogue and debates that there is adopted some form of action plan on local or national issues discussed e.g. visiting the nearest Police station to discuss with OCS about insecurity in your area, petitioning your landlord about water scarcity or estate hygiene standards, petitioning the city council to attend to estate roads that fall in their jurisdiction etc.

e) Continue the informal forums in your area: daily, weekly or bi-weekly and also actively engage members of your platform in activities that advance the agenda of social change, link the local struggle to national and international level.

f) Invite resource people, or encourage people you know with particular expertise to attend and address community forums on issues that fall within their field of expertise.

g) Seek to network with other Bunge la Mwananchi platforms.

h) You can start your own neighbourhood platform around your local issues simply by rallying your neighbours on common issues and interests.

Become a Bunge la Mwananchi member today!

For and on behalf of Bunge la Mwananchi

George Nyongesa

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