About Kenya Children's Cabinet & Parliament
The Kenya Children’s Cabinet & Parliament was founded in 2000 by former Nation Media Group photographer & journalist, Tim Gitau (1972-2011), during a national children’s conference organized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and celebrate the adoption on July 25, 2000 of the African Charter on the Rights & Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) by the Kenyan Government.
Though unrelated to UNICEF’s campaign, “Say yes for Children”, the Kenya Children’s Cabinet, as a child-led advocacy group, performed an essential role of promoting children’s visibility in the national debate, and encouraging their participation in all matters of national concern, while advocating for their protection.
In 2001, Mwangi Mukami was appointed the Spokesperson of the Children’s Cabinet prior to his selection as the Junior Vice-President in 2002. Subsequently, he assumed the office of the Junior President in 2003, becoming the first male president of the Children’s Cabinet. Yvonne Maingi, former KTN program presenter, served as the founding Junior President of the Children’s Cabinet in 2001, followed by Florence Dallu, the 2013 recipient of the CNN Radio General News Award, in 2002.