Call to the first virtual African Assembly of Inhabitants


Monday 5 October 2020

Across Africa, Covid-19 is worsening a pre-existing housing and tenure crisis in many countries. Evictions are being carried out despite moratoria in Kenya, South Africa and other countries [Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria].

In an effort to promote trans-continental dialogue between social movements, the Promoting Group invites you to register for the first virtual African Assembly of Inhabitants to dialogue and explore ways in which we can promote regional and transnational networks outside of western-mediated or NGO-driven spaces.

This Assembly is the result of decisions made at the Virtual World Assembly of Inhabitants on 31 July 2020 and 31 August 2020, promoted by the International Alliance of Inhabitants to encourage regional and continental assemblies to localise networking between people, social movements and activist organisations

The aims of the Assembly are:

  1. To build solidarity between social movements, activist organisations and local struggles
  2. To build internationalist solidarity at the global level to mobilise progressive forces 
  3. To remind African policy makers that housing rights are human rights 

When: World Habitat Day 5th October 2020 15.00 CET (13.00 GMT) (Click here for your local time) within the context of the World Zero Evictions Days

Where: ZOOM 

Duration: 3 hrs

Interpretation: English French (Spanish and Portuguese depending on registration)




  1. Evans Tekenge Manuika, Coordinateur, ASSOCIATION tous pour l’intégration des migrants au Maroc. ATIMA, Rabat, Morocco
  2. Soha Ben Slama, International Alliance of Inhabitants Tunisia and Coordinator of the International Tribunal on Evictions 
  3. Mohammed Zanna, National coordinator, Physically challenged Empowerment Initiatives Nigeria, Lagos state, Nigeria 
  4. Desmond Chieshe, Director Operations, Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter, Federal capital city, Nigeria 
  5. Victoria Ohaeri, Director, SPACES FOR CHANGE, Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria 
  6. Juliet Sale, West Africa Regional Director, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, Accra, Ghana
  7. Blair BYAMUNGU KABONGE, Assistant program’s, SDIH CONGO, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  8. Humphrey Oduor, Coordinator, Kenya Social Movement Network, Nairobi, Kenya
  9. David Otieno, National Coordinator, Kenyan Peasants League, Nairobi, Kenya 
  10. Musa Chekai, National Chair, Ford Kenya Youth League, Nairobi, Kenya
  11. Beatrice Karore, Coordinator, Wanawake Mashinani Initiative, Nairobi, Kenya 
  12. Leonida Odongo, Director, Haki Nawiri Afrika, Nairobi, Kenya 
  13. Kipchumba Rotich, Programmes officer Sengwer of Embobut CBO, Kenya
  14. Mike Davies, Coordinator Anglophone Africa, International Alliance of Inhabitants, Harare, Zimbabwe. 
  15. Epraim Mutombeni, Coordinator, Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development, Masvingo, Zimbabwe 
  16. David Mutambirwa, Executive Director (Chief Svosve), Mhakwe Heritage Foundation Trust MHFT, Mutare, Zimbabwe


contact: Mike Davies, Coordinator IAI Anglophone Africa