By Frankline Okutoyi
Patricia Nyaundi is the secretary and chief executive officer of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), which was formed after the 2007/2008 post election violence. Before her appointment to the commission, she worked as the executive director of FIDA Kenya. During the same period, she also served the public as an advocate. Ms Nyaundi was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court in 1991. She advises you to always press forward and believe in yourself. She answered questions from pupils of St Elizabeth Primary School in Karen, Nairobi.
Paul Gitari, 14 years old.
Why was the commission formed?
Nyaundi: TJRC was formed to inquire into historical injustices and gross violations of human rights. At the end of the process, to give recommendations that would help foster natural healing, unity and reconciliation among people of Kenya.
Bonazir Ahmed, 13 years old.
What role are you playing to make rich people respect the poor? Do you think TJRC would have helped prevent post election violence if it were in existence before 2007?
Nyaundi: The commission has been sensitising Kenyans to promote respect for every individual regardless of their economic status and also reduce disparity amongst Kenyans. If the commission had started its process prior to post election violence, I know it would have helped prevent people from fighting. However, I would like to say that it’s not too late that we are undertaking this exercise.
Maureen Wangu, 13 years old.
What inspirers you as the chief executive officer of the TJRC?
Nyaundi: I’m inspired by the sense of patriotism and the honour of being appointed to an office that I can make my own contributions towards the betterment of our country. I wish all Kenyans would be patriotic and do better things for our country. This is why I always urge Kenyans to make positive contributions for a better Kenya tomorrow.
Denis Murimi, 14 years old.