Activists doubt Mutula can deliver

May 5, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – The International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) has expressed reservations over the appointment of Mutula Kilonzo to the Justice Ministry.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director Ndung’u Wainaina the organisation charged that Mr Kilonzo had a “poor historical track record in supporting and agitating for real change.”

Mr Wainaina hinged the success of the reform agenda on President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in unlocking government paralysis and providing the necessary political will.

“The Minister must engage in constructive dialogue and consultations across the board in order to facilitate consensus, building confidence and trust amongst Kenyans,” he added.

Mr Wainaina urged the Minister to take with earnest the process of enacting a Special Tribunal to try those responsible for last year’s election violence.

“The coalition government has shown an appalling lack of leadership in making the case for a Special Tribunal for Kenya. This time round the Minister must ensure that the public is well consulted and  that  Parliament gets the legislation right and marshall the necessary support inside and outside  Parliament, and this must be done soonest,” he said.

The civil group is further calling for action in instituting the long awaited reforms touching on the police and the Judiciary. “The Minister shall give serious focus on the deteriorating human rights situations in Kenya including extrajudicial killings and threats to human rights defenders,” the statement added.

Mr Wainaina called for consultations in the constitution making and formation of a “truly effective and credible Truth Justice and Reconciliation process.”

Mr Kilonzo was appointed Justice Minister on Monday to replace Martha Karua who resigned last month after citing frustrations from the Office of the President in her reform agenda.


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