With four other peacemakers, Wachira founded the group Concerned Citizens for Peace only a day after the onset of the crisis. Working with the media and visiting dignitaries, the group became a prominent forum for dialogue and a prominent voice for tolerance and nonviolence. The group later worked closely with the international mediation by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Wachira now is a Ph.D. candidate in peace studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on the use of truth and reconciliation commissions in Africa.
“In Africa, a central question is how countries move forward after atrocious conflict,” Wachira said. “It’s a struggle I have faced, and it’s a question I’m still trying to answer.”
In the fall of 2009, Wachira’s research interests led him back to the Kroc Institute, where he returned as a visiting fellow. As a fellow, he researched and wrote Making Peace in the Post-Election Crisis in Kenya, 2008, which he authored with fellow Kroc alum Thomas Arendshorst (M.A '06). Download pdf » (92 pages).
In 2006, Wachira received the Kroc Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Renée LaReau, December 2009