Bunge La Mwananchi

Bunge la Mwananchi is both a concept and an organization. It is a concept for bringing people together at the grassroots to dialogue on pertinent issues, make resolutions and implement them. It is an organization of grassroots people formed to articulate grassroots people agenda. Bunge la Mwananchi creates community platforms for amplifying grassroots people’s power to decide on their politics and economics so as to improve their social conditions. Therefore, Bunge la Mwananchi is a grass root political movement fashioned as an open public platform or a virtual space for democratic civic actions organized around socio-economic problems affecting a majority of Kenyans with an agenda to transfrom Kenya’s politics. The name Bunge la Mwananchi, (BLM), is a Swahili phrase that translates into English as “people’s parliament”. BLM is modelled on a hybrid between the English parliamentary system and the traditional African community gatherings structured for community dialogue. In practice, BLM, is a mega parliament where people can come together around issues affecting them, discuss and determine solutions for their leaders to implement. This mega parliament is made up of several community platforms that evolve organically across the country. It is this almost “uncoordinated” organic evolution of community platforms that make the organization a movement. The movement envisages a functional participative bottom-up democracy that forms a government of the people for the people by the people. Our goal is to create platforms or spaces where Kenyans can come together regularly to dialogue around their “real life challenges”, investigate their interconnection to government or global policies and political accountability; and consolidate their power to push for change. BLM boasts of well established platform networks in all the regions of Kenya especially in major towns. Recently the movement has made serious foray into poor people’s hideouts firing up the slums and villages into political consciousness. The movement is also taking advantage of technology and making big inroads into the middle class by creating online communities through email publications, facebooking, blogging and a dynamic website. The movement seeks to achieve political transformation in Kenya through fighting on the frontline on socio-economic problems.  As stated earlier, the movement has a quiet history of almost 15 years relationship with former liberation fighters in formations like Mwakenya, Mageuzi, Mau Mau, DTM Ungarevolution and FERA among others. BLM also enjoys close comradeship with long time progressive politicians and academicians both at home and abroad. Those who are in the know of political happenings do not doubt that this quiet movement is the next big thing on Kenya’s political landscape. What should shock many is that for any successful civil society action such as street protests, this movement remains the media-quiet soul force behind any successful street battles with the State police force. In the grassroots world, BLM enjoys enviable recognition, goodwill, trust and legitimacy as a people’s institution.


Bunge La Mwananchi

Cidi Otieno

+245  721 609 699

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