Theology majoring in the Theology of Social Involvement, Christian Ministry and Leadership. He wrotehis MA Thesis on the topic “Forgiveness in Politics: Reflections on Truth, Justice and Reconciliation inKenya.”He has vast experience in leading successful human rights organizations both in Kenya and abroad. Heserved as the Head of the Africa Office of ARTICLE 19 – The Global Campaign for Free Expression inJohannesburg, South Africa; as Regional Director for Panos Eastern Africa based in Kampala, Uganda;and as Executive Director of Christians For a Just Society which seeks to mobilize the Church for socialaction in Kenya. He also worked briefly as the Head of Policy and Advocacy with World Vision Kenya. Njonjo Mue is a holder of several leadership and human rights awards, including being named theyoungest Jurist of the Year by the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists in 2000 for his commitment to fighting for democracy, human rights and the rule of law; and the Anthony DzuyaLeadership Award by the Young Professionals Forum.He currently serves on the Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee for Kenya and the Governing Councilof the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists. He is a prolific writer and campaigner onhuman rights and social justice issues and has spoken to many audiences at home and abroad. Njonjo iskeen on citizens’ participation in reform initiatives through legislative advocacy and was a founder member of the International Institute of Legislative Affairs on whose Board he sits. Njonjo is married to Katindi Sivi Njonjo, a policy analyst who uses futures methodology to study possiblescenarios facing societies in transition in order to help develop appropriate interventions.
B. CRUSADER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
From leading peaceful demonstrations at university to protest the assassination of Dr. Robert Ouko in1990, to representing Kenyan youth in celebrating the bicentennial of the French Revolution at a youthconference in France in 1989, to being a founder member and sitting on the advisory board of the Oxford Civil Liberties Society, to taking a leading part in demands for a new constitution in the heady days of “No reforms, No elections!” in the1990’s, Njonjo has given his life to the cause of the fight for humanrights.
Engaging the powers
Njonjo believes in creative nonviolent action to bring about sustainable social change as well as tohighlight injustice. On 31 May 1997, during a rally called by pro-reform activists to press for a newconstitution, Njonjo led a group of activists in forming a human shield by kneeling before a fully armed contingent of riot police and GSU personnel. That was to protect their civil society colleagues as theyattempted to hold a peaceful rally, which the Moi regime had outlawed. While his comrades developed cold feet and fled, Njonjo was left alone, unarmed, kneeling to face the police. The picture above (SeePicture sent separately) was carried by
newspaper, the day after the rally that was violentlydisrupted by the police under the caption, ‘Praying for the Nation.’