What happened to the TJRC report?
24 April 2014, 22:03
Nairobi - A grueling task it was both financially and emotionally for the country. Hundreds of millions were spent to facilitate the work of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation commission as it traversed the country to listen to millions of Kenyans who had witnessed or experienced injustices.
It was deemed a possible solution to some of the issues that might have caused the post election violence. However, the commissions report seems not to have brought the impact that many anticipated. As Kenyans came forward to testify, they had hopes and dreams that finally their injustices might be addressed through justice.
When the president received the report, it was evident that atrocities had been committed by senior public officials and other citizens. The report was opened to the public and the amount of injustices committed became instrumental to the cultivation of the talk that justice was imperative after all data had been compiled.
The much awaited report now gathers dust in government shelves as it becomes outdated in the internet sites without any action being taken by relevant bodies. Indeed the president presented it to parliament through the speaker and that was commendable by all standards but there needs more than just debating it in the August House. Justice needs to be served to the victims so that meaning can be generated from the whole exercise.
Amounts of money spent in the whole exercise cannot be recovered. They are deemed as sunk costs by now, probably. However, sense of the cost can be generated if the report is put to use in order to serve justice to the victims of massacres and tribal clashes. We shall set bad precedence for future generations should we ignore the report after hundreds of millions were spent. Those monies were quite a chunk and could have enabled the country carry out a financially beneficial project to generate income for the public.
Reconciliation is key for sustainable and peaceful development. The TJRC was instrumental in bringing about reconciliation among Kenyans especially after the post election violence. This does not seem to have been achieved so far going by the sporadic attacks that happen between communities across the country. The commission’s report should be the first angle with which reconciliation should be sought.
All in all the report needs to serve its purpose so that money is not lost and victims are served justice. Failure to do so is indeed setting cancerous precedence that money can be squandered on white elephant projects and victims who have no resources to equate those of wealthy influential individuals with respect to access to justice cannot be served justice.
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