Commissioner Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, is the Chairman, National Cohesion and Integration Commission. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor on Cohesion, Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Executive Office of the President and Cabinet Affairs. Dr. Kobia served as a Commissioner in the Judicial Service Commission which recruits Kenyan judges, and oversights the Judiciary; 2010-2012 Ecumenical Special Envoy for the Sudan’s; 2007-2018 Chancellor of St. Paul’s University; former General Secretary of the Geneva based World Council of Churches.
He has vast experience in mediation and dialogue. Currently, he coordinates dialogue platforms as safe spaces for interactions between Kenyans of diverse stations and Government to address pressing issues. The fruits of the dialogues include peaceful co-existence, healing and reconciliation, peaceful resolution of conflicts and national cohesion.
He holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning, Theology, and International relations from universities in Kenya, USA and Switzerland. He is a visiting Professor to Wesley Colleges in USA and UK. He is an author of several books including Dialogue Matters.
THE NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON REV. DR. SAMUEL KOBIA EULOGY DURING THE FUNERAL OF THE VICE CHAIRPERSON COMMISSIONER MS. FATUMA TABWARA IN KWALE COUNTY ON 30TH DECEMBER 2019.
Spouse; Mr Fuad Saidi Gofwa
Children (Saudi Fuad Suleiman, Fuad Musa, Fuad Aisha Fuad Leila and Grandson Fuad Said
Members of Parliament Present:
Kwale Women Representative:
NCIC Commissioners and Staff Present:
The People of Kwale County:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Grief fills our hearts this sad moment not only at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, but also the entire country at the passing on of our dear colleague and Vice Chairperson, Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara. This sorrow is definitely profound and personal to all of us gathered here. The news of her sudden and untimely departure deeply shocked us. As Commissioners it will take us along time to come to terms with the huge loss, coming as it does, bare two months since we assumed office. But within that short time stint, Commissioner Tabwara has contributed a great deal to the Commission, a proof that the value of a person is seen in what they give and not what they are able to receive. In one word, Commissioner Fatuma was a true patriot who gave all her time and expertise in serving the Kenyan people right from the grassroots level all the way to the national level irrespective of their ethnic, religious and racial background.
The Commission has lost one of the greatest resource persons whose passion was to nurture the youth and women in all aspects of integration, peaceful coexistence as well as cohesion in this country. That is why, dear brothers and sisters, as we are gathered here today to bid our beloved colleague goodbye, I would also wish to speak in celebration of her life. Her life exemplified excellence, inspired emulation, and was a life that burned so that others’ paths were lit.
I have known Commissioner Tabwara since 20th November 2019 when we were appointed by His Excellency the President, Hon Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as Commissioners to serve on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. The process leading to the appointment was highly competitive but Commissioner Fatuma excelled. In our first meeting as Commissioners, members unanimously elected Commissioner Fatuma as the Vice Chairperson. This is a testament to the fact that our late Vice Chairperson almost naturally inspires trust and confidence, which are attributes of a great leader. Later on we elected her also as chairperson of Audit Committee.
She was a strategic thinker, a visionary leader who was brilliant, innovative and creative. As such, she contributed much to the development of strategies that would enhance the social cohesion fabric in Kenya. She generously gave her knowledge, her expertise as well as her wealth of experience in enhancing Kenya’s cohesion.
Commissioner Fatuma was deeply committed to the improvement of the welfare of the Commission’s staff at all levels so much that she was being referred to as Mother. She respected and upheld each individual regardless of his or her social, tribal, religion or even academic status. During the two months at the Commission, Commissioner Fatuma, participated in various activities across the country with an aim of bringing Kenyans together. Her last assignment was at Wajir County where she engaged various groups at the county with key message of peace and cohesion. In a public gathering on Saturday 28th December 2019 in Kwale County, Commissioner Fatuma made a passionate appeal to Kenyans to live together as brothers and sisters regardless of their ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.
An individual of an impeccable integrity, Commissioner Fatuma was living proof of how a fine person should be like. She will be remembered also for her honesty, commitment, fairness, loyalty, and selflessness in service. Many of us found her to be a splendid person of great intellect and a big heart. Death has robbed the Commission and Kenyans at large of a highly intelligent, vibrant, energetic individual with a rare friendliness and charm of a personality. She was genuinely warm and wonderful individual - one we shall miss greatly. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege and honor to know and to serve with Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara.
To the close family members, colleagues at the Commission, friends and people of Kwale county our hearts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. As Adlai Stevenson the US Ambassador once commented about a man and his contribution; “it is not in the years that life counts; it is the life in the years.” Ladies and Gentlemen, Commissioner Ms. Fatuma Tabwara lived. We will all miss her. Fare thee well Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara.
May your Soul Rest in perfect peace, and your memory be eternal.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia
Chairman: National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
Commissioner Abdulaziz Ali Farah holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Moi University (Specialized in Strategic Management) and a Bachelor of Education Arts from Kenyatta University, Nairobi. He has over twenty years work experience both in public and business sectors. He has previously worked as a National Civic Education Officer with the Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Commission of Kenya. He has also worked as a Managing Director in charge of several companies operations besides serving as a Member of the Constituency Development Fund Task Force whose report contributed to the amendment of the 2003 CDF ACT and CDF Amendment ACT 2007.
He is a resourceful and initiative driven leader, public administrator, peace and conflict advocate. He has a background and experience in managing operations of a constituency as a Member of Parliament (MP), Mandera East Constituency, Mandera Country, overseeing daily functions of companies and participating in the formulation of strategies and policies that seek to make them run effectively. He has a wide knowledge in the fields of administration and management, overseeing operations, formulating and implementing strategies, conflict management, peace building, and building partnerships. Additionally, he possesses knowledge in formulating and implementing best-practice management principles while fostering a culture that promotes sound work ethics. He is an excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills hence can interact with people from different backgrounds. His goal is to make a difference in society by promoting equality, integration and a conflict-free environment.
Commissioner Hon. (Eng.) Phillip Okundi is a seasoned Engineer who has served in various capacities. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Westminster and a Masters Degree in Telecommunication System Engineering from the University Essex. A highly self-motivated and enthusiastic leader with over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of policy making, advising government and setting up the agenda and strategies for communication and implementation of international projects. Extensive experience in harnessing the critical support of the public and private sectors for key infrastructure upgrade objectives and in mobilizing and maintaining the interest of all stakeholders in these activities. Commissioner Okundi has served as a Member of Parliament for Rangwe 2003-2007 and also in various capacities. This includes Chairman of world space International (1995), Managing Director and Chief Executive Kenya Post and Telecommunication Corporation (1977), CEO Kenya Bureau of Standards 1997-2001, CEO Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Chairman of the CCK Board of Directors 2008 and Managing Director and Chief Executive Kenya Ports Authority 1984-1993.
Commissioner Dr. Danvas Makori holds a Doctor of Theology from the International Christian University, Masters of Arts in Biblical Theology of the International Christian University and a Bachelors of Arts in Theology from the Jameson Christian College. Commissioner Danvas was the County Executive Committee (CEC) of Finance and County Executive Committee (CEC) Agriculture, Livestock, Development and Fisheries in Nairobi County Government.