Church to pore over Waki report

November 2, 2008 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, November 2 – Catholic Bishops converge in Nyahururu next week to thrash out issues affecting the nation, and especially discord over the Waki report.

More than 24 bishops from across the country will attend the Kenya Episcopal Plenary meeting, where the constitution review and land reforms will also be discussed.

“The church has a pivotal role to play in ensuring justice for afflicted parties in the post poll chaos,” said the Moderator of the Nyahururu Diocese Rev Joe Gitau while announcing the meeting.

Mr Gitau said he was for the creation of a tribunal to try those responsible for fanning violence in the post poll period, which resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

“The law must take its course and those behind the violence should be tried either by a tribunal or the international court of justice at The Hague,” he insisted ahead of the five-day retreat, which will be held at the Catholic Diocese of Nyahururu’s Tabor Hill Spirituality Centre.

At a media briefing, the prelate accused some politicians of trying to pour cold water on the Waki Report because they feared facing justice for their role in the violence, which also left hundreds maimed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

The country’s leaders have been at loggerheads over whether or not to implement the Waki report, where financiers of the poll violence are to face justice for atrocities witness after the December 2007 General Elections.

They’ve resolved to adopt party lines. The Orange Democratic Movement has rejected the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into Post Election Violence outright, as well as ten Central Kenya MPs led by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Party of National Unity and its affiliates are due to converge on Tuesday to present their common stand on the issue. Party leader of ODM Kenya and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said that the report is unclear and should only be implemented in part.

His Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua however insists that the Waki report must be implemented in its entirety, otherwise all the time and money used to draft it would be wasted. She is also adamant that the culture of impunity must be done away with and that all financiers of the election violence must be brought to book.

Mr Gitau is of the opinion that Waki Commission was set up by the coalition government to establish the truth about the violence, and so it doesn’t make sense for politicians to be uncomfortable with its findings.

“Other thorny issues that will be discussed include the role of the church in its call for Peace and Reconciliation among the Kenyan communities and frequent violence over natural resources,” the cleric added.


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