NAIROBI, Kenya, March 17 – The Chairman of the panel that will select six Kenyans to the Proposed Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) says they are up to the task.,
Daniel Ichang’i says the panelists chosen from various organisations were suitably qualified and experienced for the job.
“A word of advice to the ones who will be finally chosen or those who wish to apply, this is about service to the nation,” he stated.
“It is not about personal gain or positioning or other agenda. This is about serving the nation so that it can finally come to grips with its own history.”
In an exclusive interview with Capital News, Mr Ichang’i urged Kenyans to ensure they use dialogue to solve their differences.
“God put us here, he gave us the diversity and he created that diversity which is beautiful in his sight and in our sight,” he said.
“We must never give up on our nation and this is an opportunity for us as Kenyans to engage the Commission so that we finally put to rest some of the evils that have bedeviled us,” he said.
The committee has up to March 23 to advertise and recruit six members locally to sit on the Commission. Three foreigners will be appointed by the Kofi Annan led panel of Eminent African Personalities.
The mandate of members of the committee include putting in place the commission which would investigate crimes committed since the country’s independence in 1963 up to February 2008.
This comes after the post-election clashes were blamed on unresolved historical injustices such as distribution of land and state resources, and alleged human rights violations by previous governments and political leaders.
Mr Ichang’i will have Florence Jaoko as his deputy while lawyer Evans Monari will be the secretary to the committee.
The composition of the TJRC was recommended by the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee that was formed to discuss the root causes of the post election violence.
Parliament passed a bill in November last year to establish the panel to probe the widespread violence that followed the disputed presidential elections of December 2007.