NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa on Thursday filed a motion seeking Parliament’s permission to extend the term of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) by three months for it to complete its mandate.
Should Parliament approve the extension, the truth commission would now submit its final report in November.
The Commission was initially supposed to hand over its final report to the President by August 3 this year but is yet to finish compiling it due to internal wrangles.
“I wish to give notice on the following Motion that pursuant to Section 24 (a) of the TJRC Act 2008, this House approves the term of the TJRC for a period of three months with effect from May 4, 2012,” Wamalwa told the House on Thursday.
The Commissioners have been compiling the final report since February. If granted, this will be the third extension of TJRC’s term.
The first extension of six months was granted in November 2011 when the Commission failed to finish. The period ran up to May 2012 when the Commission sought more time.
The decision was arrived at on Tuesday after the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa met a section of the Commissioners led by Chairman Bethuel Kiplagat.
Wamalwa told journalists after the meeting that he regretted the delay in completion of the report adding that it is no use for the commission to hand over a half baked report.
He could not however explain why the commission has been compiling the final report since February when it had not undertaken hearings for amnesty and reparations.
Commissioners Gertrude Chawatama, Tom Ojienda, Ahmed Farah, Margaret Shava and Tecla Namachanja were present at the meeting with the Minister. Absent were two international commissioners Ron Sly and Berhanu Dinka as well as Commission Chief Executive Patricia Nyaundi.
TJRC commissioners had appealed for an extension by a further five months for the Commission to finish compiling its final report and hand it over to the President for further action.