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Jukumu Letu heads to Mombasa

Dance into space
Dance into space is one of the art groups using choreography art form in disseminating information on the Constitution

Jukumu Letu, an initiative that seeks to build the capacity of both the demand and supply sides of the management of the public sector so as to ensure that the citizens get to benefit from devolution is headed to Mombasa. Already in the past three days, Jukumu Letu partners have been meeting various stakeholders like the Mombasa County Senator and County Commissioner and also done auditions for the various creative programs involved in the project.

The project reckons that devolution is supposed to among others, give powers of self-governance to the people and to enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the state and in making decisions affecting them. Joshua Chagwony, the Deputy Executive Secretary of Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) noted that

“indeed, the responsibility of ensuring Transparency and Accountability in governance lies squarely with both citizens and the responsible officers.”

Jukumu Letu, implemented as a project also dubbed Interactive Media Outreach Program (iMOP), is premised on the need for citizens to establish the link between democracy, governance and basic needs and motivation for them to take actions desirous for bettering their lives. This project emphasizes the use of creative media form for the development of messages for education and the mobilization of citizens to take action on aspects related to the implementation of the Constitution of Kenya.

Jukumu Letu Mombasa launch poster
Jukumu Letu Mombasa launch poster

Using the appeal of media, art and culture is critical in the creation of acceptable messages and actions that citizens will be able to relate with and carry out in various parts of the country. The project is being implemented by the following partners

1. Dance into Space – they will be training local artists on dance theatre
2. Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre (KIPT) – they will be training local talents on puppetry
3. DJs with a Cause – they will be training local talents on playing conscious (patriotic)  music
4. KATUNI – they will be training local artists on cartooning and illustrating comics for civic education
5. Dial a Radio – they will be popularizing Jukumu Letu ideas in community radio stations
6. Bloggers Association of Kenya – they will be training local talents on blogging and advancing Jukumu Letu conversations in social media
7. Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) and Ilishe Trust – Coordinating the Jukumu Letu activities in Mombasa County
Already, the launch has been successful in Nairobi, Nakuru and Makueni counties in the past months and Mombasa is expected to be the recent recipient of this informative constitutional initiative.
The main launch will be at the Mama Ngina Heritage Site on 1st August 2015 from 10 am to 5pm. The general public and government representatives are invited to attend the launch to learn about it and also have fun.

About shitemi khamadi

Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

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