Former minister urges implementation of TJRC report

Written By Michael Maunda on Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 9:21 PM

Former Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa has urged the Kenyatta administration to fully implement the report of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC).
While speaking at a luncheon convened by the commission, Wamalwa said the the adoption of the report’s recommendation as it presents a chance for the country to move forward.
“This is our historic chance. We must do what must be done to set this nation on the path of healing and reconciliation,” he said at a luncheon for TJRC stakeholders.
While asking that the recommendations of the report be fully followed,
Wamalwa defended the time extensions that the TJRC was given noting that some members of the 10th Parliament had given up on the commission.
“I believe they (TJRC) had been given a very heavy responsibility. The extensions were necessary. The time given was limited. The work has been done under very difficult circumstances. However, challenges are still ahead of us in implementing the report,” he said.
The commission’s chairman who was also present at the luncheon said that it is necessary for Kenyans to set aside their differences in order to avoid a repeat of the mistakes documented in the report. “I urge Kenyans to take ownership of the report and use it creatively to take this nation forward,” Ambassador Kiplagat said.
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission submitted its report and recommendations to President Uhuru Kenyatta May 21 in 4 volumes documenting information gathered from statements, memoranda, individual and thematic hearings.
The report is divided into chapters based on key violations including those relating to land, massacres, torture, economic crimes, economic marginalization and ethnic tensions violence.
The TJRC report outlines findings and makes recommendations aimed at contributing towards lasting peace, national unity, dignity healing and reconciliation among the people of Kenya.
The report further outlines an implementation mechanism as required by the TJR Act that ensures execution of the Commission’s recommendations within stipulated time frames.
Following the report’s submission to the President, an abridged version has been published in 3 national newspapers, a popular version is to be distributed widely and the complete report posted on its website.