Mandate of the Commission
NCIC exists to promote national unity in Kenya. In order that this is actualized, the Commission facilitates processes and policies that encourage elimination of all forms of ethnic discrimination irrespective of background, social circle, race and ideological belief(s), and by so doing, enhances the capacity for Kenyans to accept each other in appreciating the significance of diversity.
The Commission denotes the urgency that Kenyans be mobilized, sensitized, trained and educated about non-violent conflict resolution processes as well as peace building initiatives that appreciate human dignity. In this regard, the NCIC signifies the efforts to:
- Foster a general understanding of the concepts of national cohesion and integration in reference to the Constitution of Kenya (2010);
- Address causes of ethnic discrimination, negative ethnicity, perceptions of discrimination, unequal distribution of resources and opportunities;
- Unify and integrate Kenyans into a cohesive society guided by national values and the principles of governance contained in Article 10 of the Constitution;
- Foster equity and social justice by building on, or complementing other on-going national processes aimed at addressing nationhood, national cohesion and integration;
- Establish and promote principles, standards and best practices that should guide the process of national cohesion and integration, and reconciliation;
- Provide a schedule of roles for various stakeholders in the operationalisation of the national cohesion and integration process, and establish how these stakeholders can be mobilized to play their roles effectively;
- Provide an organizational framework for the implementation of the policy’s strategic objectives; and
- Provide a framework for mainstreaming national cohesion and integration into national development programmes, projects and activities including infusing cohesion principles into laws and policies as stipulated in the NCI Act.
- National Identity: The Commission underpins the need to have a Kenyan culture that is founded on the tenets provided by the national values as stated in Article 10 of the Constitution.
- Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework: The need to improve the current policy and legal state in order to achieve ethical practices in county and national leadership structures.
- Investing in the Diversity of Kenyans: The Commission appreciates the diversity of Kenyans, which provides this country with strengths of proportional magnitude and submits to put in place measures that enhance ethnic acceptance and accommodation of other emerging identities.
- Reconciliation and Integration: Conflicts are a part of humanity and the Commission underscores the need for importing and exporting capacities that promote conflict transformation in a sustained bid to define and redefine newer and meaningful tenets in inter-ethnic relationships.
- Public Complaints and Enforcement: The Commission emphasizes the significance of establishing structures and systems that increase access and capacity of the public to report cohesion threatening factors thus disallowing conditions for ethnic violence. Some of these include investigations and strong referrals to ensure successful litigation to the fairness of parties involved.
- Institutional Capacity: The Commission endeavours to uphold an organization that is endowed with financial resources, skills, expertise and technical know-how relevant to tackle factors that threaten tranquility and scale down cohesion.
Key Result Areas
- A Kenyan culture that embraces national values and upholds national identity.
- A Kenyan society that appreciates diversity.
- Inclusive public-private sector and civil society partnerships that effectively promote reconciliation and integration in respective sectors.
- Laws, policies and practices that counter ethnic, racial and religious tensions developed and applied.
- An established interactive space between the NCIC and the society on public complaints.
- NCIC with structures and systems that enhance internal efficiency, while ensuring effective external reach and timely as well as quality service delivery.
- To build and strengthen the capacity of state and non-state actors in fostering national identity.
- To facilitate the mainstreaming of cohesion and integration in the Kenyan socialization structures (schools, churches, mosques etc) and counties.
- To create and effectively coordinate collaborative structures that address reconciliation and integration in Kenya.
- To monitor the development of laws, policies and practices and their implementation at the national and county levels.
- To investigate and put in place strategies that address discrimination and hate speech based on ethnic, religious, racial and national origin and to make appropriate recommendations to government and other organizations.
- To build and strengthen capacity of NCIC to provide quality, efficient and effective services to Kenyans.
- Professionalism -Objectivity in addressing issues of ethnic discrimination
- Integrity -Accountability and transparency
- Affirmative action for the marginalized and the minorities- The Commission appreciates groups that are vulnerable and are faced by more challenges, and affirms to generate policies and strategies that enhance their dignity and humanity towards equal opportunities.
- Inclusivity -The Commission commits to treat people from all walks of life resident in Kenya with fairness by according them equal opportunities.
- Respect for Diversity -The commission makes commitment to recognize, respect and appreciate the uniqueness of individuals as well as communities while undertaking to deliver what is espoused in its mandate.