Gumo wants Waki report shelved

October 19, 2008 12:00 am

, SIAYA, October 19 – A Cabinet Minister now says the Waki report into post-election violence should not be implemented as it may reignite chaos.

Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo said on Saturday that it would be dangerous to subject leaders implicated by the report to trial, fearing that such a move would plunge the country back into uncertainty.

“The government should instead set up a truth and reconciliation committee,” said Mr Gumo after he toured Dominion Farms in Siaya district.

The Waki report, which was released on Wednesday, recommended the set up of a tribunal to investigate politicians and business people who fanned violence following the disputed 2007 general elections.

Lands Minister James Orengo has, however, told top officials in the Grand Coalition government implicated of fanning and funding chaos by the Waki report to be ready to face the law.

Orengo termed the Commission’s findings as factual and candid adding that the report would bring to end historical political injustices.

Speaking in his Ugenya constituency when he commissioned the Ndenga-Aboke power project, Orengo urged all Kenyans to press for the implementation of all recommendations in the report.

He said the country had failed to progress steadily because Kenyans had for many years refused to come to terms with past misdeeds.


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