TJRC never met its objective
03 January 2013, 13:40
With just about two months to the general election, the country is in a maze of some sort.
We haven’t sorted out the messes that we had in 2007 and 2008 completely.
This is simply because the commission set up for that task has not yet met its objectives.
Among the many commissions set up was the Truth, justice and Reconciliation Commission that was tasked to facilitate healing and reconciliation between communities and various entities as well.
This commission was established to bridge the gap or rift that had been created as a result of the atrocities committed in the past.
There were massacres, wars, violent attacks, tortures and so much more that needed to be addressed and it was the duty of the commission to do this.
As time went by, the commission continued to back track on its work.
This was because of squabbles and wrangles that had rocked the top brass in the commission.
The chairman was challenged to step down but he was not ready to answer such a call.
Some commissioners expressed their views publicly and stated their position on the matter while others kept quiet not knowing what to do or say.
It went to an extent that the deputy chair of the commission resigned from the commission as a sign of protest against the chairman’s hard line.
All this was aired in the media and it caused the commission to frequently work on its image rather than focus on what was to be done.
Days went by and the commission was still stagnant with wrangles flooding the media houses like storms.
This was a sign to us as Kenyans but the problem is that we never read signs in anything that happens around.
By not meeting the objectives, it was already clear that the commission would do a shoddy job all together.
Now we are closing in on the general election; are we prepared for the event?
I don’t know but what I know is that with the look of things; we are half ready.
Tana River is now turning in to a blood bath with attacks and retaliatory attacks being planned every day.
What did the commission do when it visited that region?
Where was the reconciliation part in their visit to the area?
All these cannot be seen or felt because of one simple reason; the commission did nothing.
It completely failed Kenyans and it has simply ripped the tax payer off millions of shillings in salaries and allowances.
With over 50 people dead in less than 48 hours, we are clearly facing a catastrophe of epic proportions.
The security deployed to the area might maintain the security for some time but what is really needed is sustainable peace and cohesion not armed policemen to keep vigil.
For how long can we sustain continuous deployment of officers in troubled areas yet we lack proper machinery and equipment for them to perform adequately?
As a country, we have clearly been failed by the TJRC as it is known and this is not first time as many other commissions have scammed the tax payer.
It is therefore our own personal duty to restore peace among our communities as we head towards the elections.
We are at a phase where the responsibility to maintain peace and cohesion lies solely on us as citizens.
Relying on the police and other security agencies is absurd and can only lead to more disaster than what we have already witnessed.
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