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Read the petition signed by the organisers of the ISS 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in The Hague, as well as over 200 academics, policy-makers, municipalities and practitioners of Community and Complementary Currencies
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Dear Minister of Finance, Govenor Central Bank and Attorney General of Kenya,
We, are addressing this letter to the Kenyan authorities regarding the case of,
· Alfred Sigo, a youth activist,
· Emma Onyango, a grandmother and community business owner,
· Rose Oloo, a grandmother and community business owner,
· Paul Mwololo, a grandfather and community business owner,
· Caroline Dama, volunteer,
· Will Ruddick, program founder
facing charges of up to seven years of prison for “forgery” after emitting barter vouchers between local retailers and micro-businesses anchored in the “Bangladesh Community”, in Mombasa - Kenya.
We wish to bring to your attention that Community and Complementary Currencies (CCCs) are recognized cooperative instruments, used globally by local groups, municipalities and NGOs for social, solidarity, economic and environmental goals.
That is why we are calling the Kenyan Authorities to drop the charges against the organisers and co-workers of the Bangla-Pesa scheme.
The Bangla-Pesa appears in alignment with the Kenyan Central Bank’s stated mandate to "encourage, nurture and support creativity and the development of new ideas and processes for the continued improvement of organisational performance."