About the Rights Promotion and Protection Centre (RPP)

Particularly, RPP has been involved in penal reforms, prisoners’ rights, community mobilisation, civic education, community-based research on various aspects of human rights including the state of the internally displaced persons and victims of police brutality, status of human rights defenders, as well as monitoring elections. Its work on women rights includes campaigning for women participation in decision making processes through participation in electoral processes and inclusion in governance structures in line with the provisions of Article 81 of the Constitution of Kenya through partnerships with other organisations with similar objectives and community human right defenders. It offers referral services to appropriate institutions to women facing challenges. RPP has undertaken surveys and published books and reports.

Our History

Our organization was established to make the transition from prison back into society, a seamless transformation. We have been striving to achieve this by working holistically to change the way criminal justice issues are addressed, while empowering prisoners and prison staff to drive positive change.

  • 1980's

    Raison d'être

    The original raison d'être was to prevail over the Kenyan government to release 52 persons jailed in the 1980s for political reasons

  • 1991

    RPP is Founded

    Rights Promotion and Protection Centre (RPP) was founded in 1991 as Release Political Prisoners Pressure Group.

  • 1990's & Early 2000

    Redefined our Mandate

    The founders were mothers of these prisoners and activists. With time, the organization redefined its mandate to include a wide range of human rights and governance work. It operated under the umbrella of Kenya Human Rights Commission, and later as a Trust.

  • 2012

    Fully registered NGO

    In 2012, it was registered as an NGO under the current name. Its stated vision is: A just and Democratic Society.

The Steering Council

RPP has effective structures that enhance efficiency and effectiveness in decision making processes. These structures include the General Assembly (GA), the highest and final decision making organ, and the Steering Council (SC) that is elected by the General Assembly. The SC has 2 main standing committees of Finance and Administration Committee and Membership Recruitment and Development Committee. There is also the Secretariat, which implements the policies, programmes and decisions made by the SC.
RPP’s Steering Council, which is also the board is comprised of the following members;

Elizabeth Nduta

Elizabeth Nduta

Chairperson-Steering Council

Elizabeth is the Chairperson. She is a teacher by profession and currently works as the Head teacher in Mowlem Primary School in Nairobi. She holds Bachelor degree in Special Needs Education from the Kenya Methodist University. She was the elected KNUT Nairobi Branch Women Representative from 2012 to 2016, where she championed the rights of teachers in public schools. She is a staunch human rights defender.

Paul Masese

Paul Masese

Vice Chairperson-Steering Council

Paul is a the Vice Chairperson of the Steering Council. He works with Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) as program manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Literature and Human Resources) from the Egerton University and a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. He has wide experience in monitoring and evaluation, program design and implementation, research and documentation, proposal and report writing, workshop mobilization and facilitation.

Gitau Wanguthi

Gitau Wanguthi

Secretary-Steering Council/CEO

Gitau is the Secretary of the Steering Council. He was seconded by the Steering Council to work as Executive Coordinator after the resignation of immediate Executive Coordinator. He holds Bachelor of Education degree from University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Education from Kisii Teachers’ College, a Certificate in Management of Community Development Programs from the Holy Ghost Kimmage Manor, Ireland, and a Certificate in Peace Building and Reconciliation from Africa Peace Point. He possesses an extensive experience in the field of human rights and social research having worked in different organisations including the United Nations as a consultant and on other assignments.

Salome Nduta

Salome Nduta

Member-Steering Council

Salome is a Member of Steering Council currently working as a Protection Officer in charge of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) at National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD. She holds a bachelor degree in in social work from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and diploma in development studies from Holy Ghost College in Kimmage, Ireland. She has wide experience in the field of human rights including training on safety, advocacy and Protection of HRDs and she has worked with several organizations such as CRECO, 4Cs etc.

Mungai Mbuthi

Mungai Mbuthi

Member-Steering Council

He is a Member of Steering Council and a very committed human rights defender. He holds a Diploma in Management of Community Development Programs from the Holy Ghost from Kimmage Manor, Ireland, and a Certificate in Peace Building and Reconciliation from Africa Peace Point. He has worked for RPP in various capacities including being a Programme Officer. He was picked to replace the late Willie Kimani, the lawyer who was tortured and brutally murdered in 2016 for his involvement in human rights issues and who worked with International Mission for Justice. Mungai is currently the Coalition for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) Regional Representative, Central Region.

Priscilla Okewe

Priscilla Okewe

Member-Steering

Priscilla is a Member of the Steering Council, she holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology/Political Science from Kenyatta University. Besides she has also been trained on Financial Literacy and Peace Initiative programmes for young people by the Commonwealth Secretariat. She has worked with Faces of Peace Kenya (FOPA) as Project Coordinator. She has also served as Assistant Project Manager and a Peer Counselor with TYPE Initiative Kenya, and in the Human Resource Department in Ministry of Home Affairs. She is currently a business woman in Kisumu County. As a Social Scientist, she believes in hard work, passion for high quality and excellence in serving the community; thus, making that difference and being part of the positive impact.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat implements the policies, programmes and decisions made by the SC.

Mwaniga B.

Mwaniga B.

Projects Director

Mwaniga is an associate member of the Insurance Institute of Kenya and the Institute of Legal Executives – London, she holds an LLB Degree and a post graduate certificate from Queen Mary London. She holds a Silver award from CISDL silver received after successful participation in a legal essay competition. Her winning entry was announced in a ceremony at the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, December 2014. The essay has been published by the Centre for International Sustainable Development in Canada. She has over 12 years’ experience in managerial duties, she previously dealt with corporate law in the insurance sector where she oversaw legal insurance claims. She moved away from the insurance sector in 2011 to pursue her career in international law. She joined a law firm in Kenya in the special projects human rights department, where she was involved in the reparation case against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the United Kingdom, for atrocities committed to the people of Kenya during the emergency period in 1952, plus other human rights issues in Kenya like the unlawful detention and torture of Kenyans during the early1990’s. she has also participated in assisting prisoners to access justice by teaching them the law and how to defend themselves in court. She has over 6 years’ experience in human rights related issues. Brenda loves to write on issues she is passionate about as well as share and discuss ideas. Her research interest include human rights in relation to environment and climate change issues such as pro-poor climate governance of resources.

Geraldine Wangechi Ndua

Geraldine Wangechi Ndua

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Geraldine is currently coordinating health and wellness programme at RPP. She is responsible for training prison community health care workers in preventative healthcare. She also facilitates wellness programmes in prisons.  She has over ten years’ experience in health and nutrition nationally and internationally. In Kenya she has worked as the chief nutritionist at Diabetes care and wellness ltd, her humanitarian work experience has included coordinating health and nutrition programs for various vulnerable groups, including Kenya Aids Project as a lead nutritionist and lyfe For Kids; a project run by the Kenya Methodist Church, as a project manager.  While in United Kingdom she worked as a social worker/ nutritionist for National Health Services. She has strong negotiation skills, strong commitment to high ethical and professional standards. She holds a BSC degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Jomo Kenyatta University, Postgraduate Certificate in wellness from Arizona State University, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Graduate School of Management, United Kingdom and almost concluding her Master’s Degree in Applied Human Nutrition from University of Nairobi. She wishes to continue developing her career in health and wellness and make a significant contribution to prisons to reduce the burden of disease.

Mercy G

Mercy G

Legal & Human Rights Coordinator