6 May 2013

Kenya: Don't Delay TJRC Report Handover

THE Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission was due to hand over its final report to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday but he was in Ethiopia.

On Friday the Office of the President told the TJRC that they could not receive the report on Uhuru's behalf as it had to be given to him in person.

Previously they advised the TJRC that Uhuru was busy and it was difficult to fix an appointment.

Even if the delay is innocent, it gives the wrong impression.

Setting up the TJRC was part of the Agenda Four reforms agreed in February 2008.

The report, which has not yet been made public, is by all accounts fair and balanced. The TJRC took testimony about human rights violations between 1963 and 2008. The report contains its finding and recommendations.

Kenya still needs to come to terms with its history, which is why the TJRC was part of the coalition agreement.

Stalling the handover of the report leads to suspicions of an attempted cover-up, and insinuations that the report may be invalidated if it is handed in late.

The Office of the President should make arrangements for President Kenyatta to receive the TJRC report as soon as possible.

Quote of the day: The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four minute mile on May 6, 1954.

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