Waki panel set to begin public hearings

July 5, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, July 5 – A committee appointed by the mediation team to probe the post-election violence that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people will begin its public hearings on Wednesday.

The Commission of Inquiry into Post Election Violence (CIPEV) is scheduled to conduct public hearings in different parts of the country.

‘This is to notify the public that the Commission shall commence its hearings in public in Nairobi at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Wednesday, July 9, from 9.00 am,’ a brief statement from CIPEV said.
The committee headed by Court of Appeal Judge Justice Philip Waki and also made up of two foreign nationals has promised to get to the bottom of the chaos that saw the destruction of property and loss of lives.
“All evidence presented in public shall be on oath or affirmation,’ the statement said.
Waki has in the past said that the heads of several public institutions including the police and military would be invited to shed more light on their role during the violence.

The five-member commission will make recommendations to prevent violence in future, reconciliation, promote peace and ensure those involved in causing the violence are brought to justice.

Waki’s team includes commissioners Gavin Alistair McFadden from New Zealand, Pascal Kalume Kambale from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya Chapter, Chief Executive George Kegoro, and Human Rights lawyer David Majanja.

CIPEV which was set up on May 23 this year is mandated to investigate the facts and surrounding circumstances in relation to the post-election violence.

Among the terms of reference for the commission is to "investigate the actions or omissions of state security agencies during the course of the violence."

It will also recommend legal, political and administrative measures.

The commission was sworn in on June 3 this year, and is expected to complete its work on August 22 this year.

At least 1,000 people were killed and 350,000 more displaced in the violence sparked by the release of the disputed Presidential poll results by the Electoral Commission of Kenya early this year.


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