Opposition demands action over TJRC report

May 23, 2013 2:53 pm
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Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said the implementation of the report would help unite Kenyans and give a clear direction out of past injustices and human rights violations committed by individuals in past regimes/FILE
Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said the implementation of the report would help unite Kenyans and give a clear direction out of past injustices and human rights violations committed by individuals in past regimes/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has demanded that the government fully implements recommendations in the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report released on Tuesday.

Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said the implementation of the report would help unite Kenyans and give a clear direction out of past injustices and human rights violations committed by individuals in past regimes.

“As the opposition, we demand the full implementation of the TJRC report with full participation of Parliament. It should be tabled in the House as soon as possible, debated by members and the resolutions implemented. Big or small we want everybody implicated in the report to face the full force of the law,” Midiwo stated.

Senior government officials and politicians are among those recommended for prosecution in the report. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are among those adversely mentioned over the 2008 post-election violence but no recommendations were made against them since they’re facing charges before the International Criminal Court.

The report also names scores of past and present Members of Parliament accused of involvement in land grabbing, fanning ethnic clashes and brutal crackdown by security forces at the height of repression.

TJRC recommends that the Director of Public Prosecutions investigate the individuals. It also names dozens of former provincial commissioners, senior military and police officers implicated in all sorts of violations including land grabbing and torture.

Receiving the report on Tuesday, President Kenyatta said the government would take the recommendations of the report seriously and reiterated his administration was committed to deepening healing and reconciliation in the country.

Midiwo was speaking after an ODM Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by party leader Raila Odinga at Orange House on Thursday, where the party resolved to continue pushing for the proper implementation of the devolved system of government.

The party said devolution which is a key pillar of the constitution was under threat from the Jubilee government and they would not sit and watch the government try to kill devolution by way of meagre allocation of funds.

“The Ministry of Devolution has an allocation of 84 billion. We urge Parliament to slash this amount and redirect it towards devolution to be shared among the counties. Devolution is supposed to be executed at the grassroots level and not national level,” Midiwo said.

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