TJRC faulted for ‘copying’ past reports
| May 27th 2013
BY BONIFACE THUKU
Prosecution of those mentioned in its final report might be difficult due to their status in Government
A politician from Nakuru county has dismissed the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report terming it reproduction of the work of other commissions.
Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri said the report was not worth the resources allocated as it had duplicated the works of commissions formed earlier to investigate political assassinations, land grabbing and torture among Kenyans.
“Resources allocated to the commission were just a waste as the Commission has just copy-pasted what earlier Commissions had done. There is nothing new for Kenyans in the report,” he said.
Speaking at Rift valley Provincial General Hospital where he visited in-patients, the MP said that the Commission was formed when the country was healing her post election violence wounds.
“Kenyans are now one unlike the time when the Commission was formed, during which Kenyans were not in good relations but now we speak in one voice. The Commission has no help for now,” said Ngunjiri.
He alleged that Members of Parliament are eagerly waiting for the report in the August house so as to debate and shoot it down adding that it was copied from the Commission formed to investigate the death of famous politicians like JM Kariuki and the clashes reports compiled by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
“We are waiting for the report in Parliament, we shall shoot it down as it is full of lies despite the fact that they used a lot of taxpayers’ money without giving us tangible evidence. Actually what they have done is create animosity among Kenyans,” said Ngunjiri.
Ngunjiri added that TJRC should be taken to court citing that the Commission’s chairman Bethuel Kiplagat is a suspect and widely mentioned in the report.
Meanwhile, a section of leaders have called for reconciliation as a key of achieving national healing over past injustices in the country.
Bishop Christopher Ruto of ACK Eldoret Diocese said those mentioned in the report should be given time to defend themselves and if found culpable should come out and say sorry to the victims.
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