STATEMENT: Raila explains why he will not apologize over Ntimama remarks
16 September 2016, 17:25
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga explains why he will not apologize over remarks at William Ole Ntimama's funeral.
During the burial of
Hon William ole Ntimama on Wednesday, 14th September 2016, I raised
fundamental issues touching on historical injustices that communities
and individuals have suffered in Kenya and which needs to be brought to a
closer through the implementation of the Truth, Justice and
sentiments at the burial and at the church service earlier were in line
with the ideals the late Ntimama fought for all his life…the
ideals of fairness, equity, justice and freedom…after decades of seeing
the Maasai being dispossessed, tossed around and overran, first by the
colonialists then by successive post-independence regimes.
Many times in private, Hon Ntimama’s Iltaaroosero
Clan, representatives of his Ilnyankusi age group and the Maa Community
in general raised the matters of Maasai lands with me. It was important
that as we buried Ntimama, we remind the national leadership of his
unfinished agenda that must be acted on.
But the issue is bigger than the Maa community.
The TJRC report also addresses legal and institutional reforms; land
reforms; tackling poverty and inequality as well as combating regional
development imbalances; tackling unemployment, particularly among the
youth; consolidating national cohesion and unity; transparency,
protection of indigenous communities, addressing accountability and
impunity. These matters are critical to our future as a nation.
report has always bee shrouded in controversy. Foreign members of the
TJRC committee refused to sign it when some sections were expunged on
instructions of some influential figures in government who were fingered
by the report. Still, Jubilee remains uncomfortable even with the
redacted report, hence the failure to table it for debate.
the report is in the hearts of Kenyans across the country from Central
to Rift Valley to the Coast and northern Kenya where land grabbing,
massacres, disappearances, marginalisation and other injustices have
occurred since independence.
is why I reminded the Jubilee leadership particularly in Parliament
that Kenyans are waiting for the tabling of the TJRC report in its
original form and full implementation thereafter.
my challenge only sparked off a very strange rage from the President.
The Jubilee administration is now claiming the President was provoked
and that we are somehow disrespectful in raising this matter.
raised the TJRC issue as a matter of conscience. I did it as a duty to
my country and as part of my deep belief that historical injustices have
occurred in Kenya and they need to be addressed as recommended in the
original TJRC report.
I have no apologies on this matter and I promise to continue raising it.