1.PEACE MARSHAL STANLEY NJOROGE’S STORY
I would like to congratulate and honour the APT at large because of making me the person am today. Before I was introduced into APT, I used to be a gangster and a street boy. On my background, my mum and dad used to force me to do things that I thought was not right since I was a young boy. They chased me out of the family and I started the hard life of sleeping in makeshift kiosks every night went on up to a level where even getting food to eat was difficult. I tried to skip a day without a meal but the matter became worse in such a way I could not withstand the situation.Read More
I began collecting bones, plastic and metal in sewers and go weigh at the scrap metal and sell them. Most of my friends who were my school mates started laughing at me whenever I would meet them, That’s the time I realized that I was doing dirty work not to be done by me. For a long time in my collection of those items. I made friends who could even show me how to gamble with money up to a certain period of time, then I realized that my friends used to have a lot of money to play with. They introduced me to a gang. Which I joined the family of gangsters without any second thought.
We started harassing people mostly on Saturday’s usually this is a payday for them as many came from the ghetto. We advanced up to abducting taxi drivers and selling their vehicles to a place in Naivasha. This gang which I was in benefited a lot through this business and because I was not of their age they gave me little, which for me was a good amount. After enjoying the amounts for some times; One day by bad luck, people noticed and timed me in a hiding place where I was beaten severely to the extent of losing my life. The only escape from hell was by the grace of God when a patrol police vehicle rescued me and took me to a hospital and afterwards released me.
After I got well my friends had advanced to a higher level of crime whereby they bought two guns. They put me as their spy/messenger squad. Where I would do surveillance for potential places that had resources to steal. The last deal was arranged in Nairobi west whereby I managed to escape death/jail by a whisker. It was because that day I was sent to call another member of the gang to come and join since it was a big deal. It took me a bit of time to trace and find him.
But because it is not a person whom you can find in one place, I took much time that rendered me to come back to the squad. Hence they decided to go on there own without the accomplice they sent to look for. They managed to attack three M-Pesa shops and salons. But unluckily they didn’t manage to escape since the officers were informed of the crime and had taken cover in every corner, they surrendered plus their weapons. They were arrested under tight security and handcuffed.
The news spread up to our hood where I was and realized that my people were arrested. They were taken to Lang’ata police station and thereafter to Milimani law court II where they denied the charges and were taken to Remand prison in Industrial area. They stayed here up to 2011 when they were sentenced to death. To there luck, the death sentence in Kenya had been abolished and as an alternative, they had to serve life imprisonment. After all that experience, I usually communicate to them using the contacts they have till now.
After that experience where I missed being nabbed, I made a decision to go back to my dad and mum’s house because the situation had become more and tougher. This is the point where I believed that blood is thicker than water after the warm welcome I got from my parents. They took me back to a school known as Soweto Baptist High school.
I was very rude and could even threaten teachers in school. I continued my studies skipping some lessons and that’s the time APT came over and o every Fridays and Mondays during games to teach participatory theatre and conflict management, nonviolence, trust and leadership skills and many more topics. I didn’t join immediately but as days went, I got interested and joined. I knew most of the things through APT which reformed me to do my work without any conflict or rudeness not only with my teachers but also my fellow students and society at large.
I have changed to be a good person to date and even though I have gained skills in peace and conflict resolution issues, I managed to get well-wishers who offered to pay my college fees. Am also an able leader of a group of sixty members and ten projects run in Kibera community. I am the Nyayo Highrise ward youth representative and trustee in Muungano Trust. I am now a man the community cherish and that’s why if we refuse something even if its the government, they will have to sit and negotiate with us. With the full support of the community, I informed them about an MCA. Akuk.M.O who was by then an ODM party aspirant but had a good impact on the youth via what he intended to do for them. He was elected and he appreciated me a lot, not because I had more votes. Like this, I was informed by majority voters whom I had introduced to him. I am a reliable person to be trusted and also a peer educator to enlighten our youths in Kibera.MCA calls me ‘Reformed boy’ and that’s why my group is called Kibera Reformation and Transformation Centre(KRTC) that deals with
Through peace activities and arts, we usually have the training to educate people about being responsible and go existence in the society in which they live. In the environment, we deal with garbage collection and products from waste. Through the talents, we have forum theatre initiated by APT. We also have a football team which acts as a way of bringing the youths from different backgrounds together.