Our first objective will be
in the area of conflict resolution. as you may be aware
Africa, the least developed continent has more internal
conflicts than any other area of the world. This is at
a time when foreign governments, international organizations
and their agencies are showing fatigue in African conflicts.
It is quite clear that no one is willing to come into
Africa to fight our wars. We as Africans must resolve
our own conflicts.
Africa has limited resources to engage in warfare and
therefore we have to try to avoid conflict and resolve
those conflicts we cannot avoid quickly and effectively.
This is where i feel we can assist most. We plan to engage
in conflict prevention and resolution by encouraging dialogue
to avoid warfare in the first place, and to broker peaceful
settlement of conflicts. We plan, further more, to be
involved in the monitoring of peace once peace is achieved
to avoid further outbreak of conflict.
In seeking to resolve conflict in our continent, the institute
will work with other institutions and organisations involved
in similar activities as well as governments.
The Moi Africa institute will also work with Kabarak University,
which is in the process of setting up a faculty known
as Africa centre for peace management and strategic studies.
The centre will provide the intellectual space for research
into causes of conflict and early warning mechanisms to
It will, in addition develop conflict resolution mechanisms
and expertise. Mechanisms for maintaining peace once conflicts
are resolved will be an important aspect of study. We
expect students from Africa and beyond to enroll at graduate
and diploma levels.
The university will further develop curriculum for in
service and vocational training for humanitarian workers
in conflict affected areas as well as training people
involved in refugee management.
Ladies and gentlemen,
In addition to the formal mechanisms we seek to establish
to handle conflicts, i will avail myself to assist in
bringing together warring parties in conflict areas to
work together. This is a task i feel i understand through
the sheer amount of time I have spent engaged in various
conflicts in our continent - ranging from Anyanya years
in Sudan and the resolution of that conflict in 1972 to
the later conflict which is still ongoing - to the conflicts
in Chad, Angola, Congo, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Mozambique
and so on. We were more involved in the resolution of
some of these conflicts than in others. What we gained
was an insight on the possibility to avoid the conflicts
in the first place with proper negotiations and also the
various reasons why people resort to violence as well
as the mechanisms for dealing with specific situations.
I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to
advance the course of peace in our region and continent.
Ladies and gentlemen,
There was a time when we at the organization of African
unity - as it was known then - and also at the commonwealth
spent a great deal of time on decolonization. When the
last country became free, a question was raised, usually
by the media, on what these two organizations would do.
Actually, decolonization was only a high profile agenda
item in long and varied agenda of the two organizations.
In the case of Moi Africa institute we are setting out
with a wide agenda, which we hope to be engaged in simultaneously,
and also in phases.
The stated principle of the Moi Africa institute is to
assist in uplifting African people from distressful conditions
caused by poverty, illiteracy, diseases, war and social
The dangers of HIV/aids and tuberculosis as well as malaria
cannot and should not be ignored by any one. Our continent
is losing its most valuable resources - human beings -
to these diseases. The institute hopes to work with others
in our country and abroad to help in fighting these deadly
diseases. In particular the institute plans to educate
people on preventive measures such as use of nets in the
case of malaria and the use of condoms in the case of
HIV/aids though as you know, I personally advocate abstinence
and observance of moral values. When we are able to and
with the support of others, we will go further to help
in sourcing for nets and medicine.
As a non-governmental organization, the Moi Africa institute
will have limited capacity and resources to fulfill its
objectives. it will work closely with our government and
other governments, international organizations and agencies,
institutions with similar objectives as well as individuals
I am pleased to announce today that I have made a personal
donation of twenty million Kenya shillings to the institute
to enable it start it's operations. it is my hope that
my friends and friends of African peace and development
will support our efforts. Your support will be highly
Ladies and gentlemen,
The Moi Africa institute has a board of directors. in
selecting the board of this institute great care was taken
to select Kenyans who have given their time and energy
with distinction in the service of our nation and its
people. I am confident that in this board, we have the
best skills of leadership from these eminent Kenyans who
will assist the Moi Africa institute to discharge its
duties competently and effectively.
It is now my singular pleasure and honour to declare the
Moi Africa institute formally launched.
Thank you every one for being here today.
Kabarnet Gardens Nairobi.
30th march, 2004