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TJRC in need of reconciliation

01 March 2012, 11:47 Joe Ngugi

Truth justice and reconciliation commission is an entity that was established under the famous  agenda four item in a string of meetings held after post-election violence in Kenya under chairmanship of Kofi Anaan with a sole purpose of reconciling Kenyans and delivering justice to historical ills.

Unfortunately, this entity empowered to deliver justice and reconcile Kenyans urgently requires justice and itself. For a  long period now commissioners led by the vice-chair Namachanja have been up in arms against their chairman Ambassador Bethwel Kiplagat who they have been accusing of being part of regime that condoned  past injustices and acts contrary to human rights like torture and thus they argue that he is not fit to lead such an important commission.

Recent court ruling ordering Kiplagat to resume his duties as the chair of commission and further demanding that he should not face tribunal to clear him of any wrong doing in past only served to heighten the rivalry in the commission, rather than bringing down the already risen temperature among the commissioners. On one side is Kiplagat armed with court order while on the other side are the commissioners who are determined to lock Kiplagat out through all means possible a point brought out by the  fact that the Namachanja led commissioners are to appeal against court ruling.

It is obvious that before Kenyans gets justice and reconciliation services from the commission the commissioners must be reconciled with each other first, the big question is who will amicably reconcile this entity bestowed with duty of reconciling Kenyans?

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