Commissioner Kagwiria Mbogori – Chairperson
Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori is an accomplished Human Rights Practitioner. She has broad work experience at the national and regional level. At the helm of the Commission she will provide strategic leadership for the implementation of the Commission’ s strategic plan for the period.2013-2018, that has as its focus the promotion of a culture of respect for human rights in Kenya. She expects to provide authoritative policy direction in keeping with the mandate of National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
Ms Kagwiria holds a Masters of Law from the University of Notre Dame majoring in International and regional human rights protection systems, International humanitarian law and Transitional Justice. She is a Law Graduate from the University of Nairobi and hold a post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.
Prior to joining KNCHR, she served at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Chief Technical Advisor, Judiciary of South Sudan where she was tasked with providing strategic policy direction for the Judiciary of South Sudan through resource mobilization, building strategic partnerships and supporting liaison in the justice sector of South Sudan.
Earlier she served as Head of Advisory Unit, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Human Rights Officer (UNMIL), Country Programme Manager United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Executive Director Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists. She has also consulted for various institutions on governance issues.
Among her publications include;
- Human Rights of Women in Conflict Situations, Florence Butegwa, Stella Mukasa and Kagwiria Mbogori, WiLDAF, 1995.
- The rights of ‘mistresses’ and ‘illegitimate children’ in Kenya; a survey of maintenance and inheritance laws. Unpublished. Honor paper written in partial fulfillment of my LL.M degree, 1997.
- Women and the Law in Kenya – Unpublished. Paper presented in a series of seminars for women managers in the public sector, 2001.
- Public Perception Index of the Judiciary, a quarterly publication of ICJ Kenya from 2000-2003, Editor
- Existing Legal and Policy Constraints on Media Freedom, Legal Resources Foundation, Research report, 2003
Commissioner George Morara Monyoncho- Vice Chairperson
A Political Scientist and Linguist by training, Mr. George Morara began his journey to human rights advocacy during his time at Egerton University where he championed the interests of students as the Vice Chairperson of the Students Union with the aim of ensuring that upon graduation, university graduates were sufficiently empowered to contribute to Kenya’s socio-economic and political development.
Today, as he joins the KNCHR, he boasts of over 14 years of experience in the human rights arena anchored on the philosophy of impacting the theory and practice of human rights through extensive training of human rights workers on both human rights based approaches and participatory learning skills. Some of his key achievements include training staff from the then Ministry of Development, National Planning and vision 2030 on how to make the vision 2030 development indicators human rights compliant.
Prior to his appointment as a Commissioner, he served as a Senior Programme Officer, Civil and Political Rights, at the Kenya Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization where his key duties included research, fact-finding missions and investigations into major human rights violations in various parts of the country. While at KHRC, he played an instrumental role in securing a historic victory on the Mau Mau case against the British Government for acts of torture committed against the Mau Mau Freedom Fighters and their sympathizers by the British Colonial Government during Kenya’s Emergency Period (1952-1960).
He has worked as a Consultant for a number of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as for a number of Non-Governmental Organizations and International Organizations. He has a solid understanding of Kenya’s social-economic and political challenges and their impact on the country’s efforts at establishing a human rights state; a deep appreciation of diversity; and an extensive experience in national and international development contexts, which stand him in good stead to propel the human rights agenda forward based on a career goal of positively informing and influencing the constantly changing socio-economic and political environment in Kenya with the aim of fostering unity through policy research on human rights and governance.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors (University of Toronto) and a Master of Political Science (University of Windsor, Canada).
Commissioner Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu
Comm. Wakonyo has over 12 years experience in the human rights field, She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters of Law from Nottingham University. She has a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi.
Prior to joining the Commission she served at Diakonia Sweden as programme Manager, Lake Victoria Rights Programme. Before that she worked at the Legal Resources Foundation Trust as Executive Director. She was actively engaged in building the capacity of paralegals and has developed several curriculum for paralegal training.
She has worked closely with the judiciary, Kenya Prisons Service, Probation and after care services. She has a keen interest in improving access to justice and has advocated for the establishment of small claims courts, courts of petty sessions and the promotion of traditional justice resolution mechanisms.The commission will also benefit from her other managerial skills.
Commissioner Suzanne Shatikha Chivusia:
A Human Rights Defender with over 20 years national and regional experience, Shatikha’s work has included provision of legal aid services to the indigent, refugee and IDP protection work with the UNDP/UNHCR; lead researcher/consultant on a project to review Kenya’s electoral laws and procedures while making recommendations for a conflict-sensitive approach to electoral reforms for Africa Peace Forum, development of a Women’s Guide to Sudan’s Interim Constitutions for the National Democratic Institute and ascertaining community/customary laws in access to justice- interrogating the interface with gender and human rights for both World Vision International and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) in Southern Sudan.
She has experience in creating legal awareness through public forums and the media, lobbying for laws that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized members of society; fundraising, report writing; workshop planning, organization and facilitation plus project evaluations/assessments for various organizations. She has also published widely.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Shatikha headed the Research and Compliance Department at KNCHR where some of her accomplishments include review of over 30 bills, some of which have since been enacted into law, lead in development of the Draft KNCHR Rules and Regulations, was KNCHR’s technical person in developing the Draft National Human Rights Policy and Action Plan, securing the rights of PWDs through monitoring compliance with the UNCRPD and in various laws and policies, preparation of KNCHR Draft Disability Rights Training Guide; preparing KNCHR’s inception report on the Situation of Indigenous Populations/Communities to the ACHPR’s working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities; providing leadership in treat body monitoring and research work . She also engaged in work to protect and enhance the rights of minorities, indigenous communities/peoples and older persons.
Shatikha holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree and Master of Arts in International studies from the University of Nairobi, Postgraduate Diplomas from Kenya School of Law and Salzburg Law School; certificates in International Human Rights, Gender and Development, Gender and Disability Mainstreaming, Women’s Rights, Monitoring and Evaluation and Contemporary Public Administration Management. Her competencies, knowledge and exposure to a wide range of human rights issues will be instrumental in discharging her role of commissioner.