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Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat is dead

Ambassador Kiplagat was instrumental in championing various peace initiatives in the country. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 14 – Former Truth Justice and Reconciliation (TJRC) Chairman Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat is dead.

Kiplagat died at the Nairobi Hospital on Friday morning, according to officials who spoke to his family. He died at 3am but there was no immediate confirmation on the cause but reports said he had been ailing for a while.

His body has been moved to the Lee Funeral Home.

It is the fourth death of a high profile personality in the country this month, coming just two days after that of Nicholas Biwott, a former powerful Cabinet Minister in former Presidential Daniel arap Moi’s government.

Biwott also died at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been rushed for emergency treatment on Tuesday morning.

Others include Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery who collapsed and died on Saturday morning. He had suffered a heart attack.

Two weeks ago, Senator G.G Kariuki had also died following a long illness and was set to be buried on Friday. Memorial services were held separately on Thursday for Nkaissery and Biwott.
Kiplagat was the chairman of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation which was set up in 2008 to come with recommendations on how to tackle post ethnic conflicts and political violence, including the 1982 coup d’etat, Shifta war and the post election violence of 2007.

The team was mandated to investigate, analyse and report on causes of conflicts and gross human rights violations in the country since 1963 to 2008, including economic crimes, illegal acquisition of public land, maginalisation of communities, ethnic violence among others and recommend the way forward.

The report gave various recommendations – including compensation of affected families but little has been done.
National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been on the fore front in calling for the implementation of the TJRC report which was handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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