2 November 2012

Kenya: Truth Commission Should Hand in Report


The term of the controversy-ridden Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission is expected to come to an end tomorrow.

The commission has already had two extensions totalling nine months to allow its members the time they said they needed to complete their work and hand over the report to the President.

Just two days before the second extension comes to an end, the commission has seen it fit to invite MPs to a retreat in Mombasa to lobby them to extend the term by yet another nine months.

Parliament is on recess until November 20. Even if the extension is to be granted, it will come after that date. The TJRC insists it will not stand dissolved until after it hands over the report to the appointing authority -- President Kibaki.

It is time that Parliament and the Executive put an end to this farce by the TJRC. Kenyans cannot continue to finance indefinitely the commissioners who seem to have forgotten their mandate and oath of office. Let the TJRC hand over its report -- in whatever incomplete state it may be -- instead of taking Kenyans for yet another ride.

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