Civil Societies REVEAL of plans from UHURU’s office to interfere with TJRC reportNews 09:39
Friday, the 21st 0f June 2013 - Several civil society activists today called on the Government to publish the TJRC report saying anymore delays on the matter were a breach of the law.
The activists, Davinder Lamba of Mazingira Institute, Davis Malombe of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and Njonjo Mue of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, said delays in publishing of the TJRC report were violation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Act;
“The TJR Act is a law. You have to comply with it, because, it is not merely offering suggestions. The Government Printer has failed to comply with the law,” said Mue.
“We cannot say as a country that we are uncomfortable with the history as has been uncovered by the TJRC report. This report should be implemented to the letter because it is one of the building blocks of a new Kenya,” he added.
The Act requires that the Minister concerned tables the report in parliament within 21 days. This hasn’t been done even though the report was handed in to President Uhuru Kenyatta in May.
The activists today said that they were in possession of information that the commissioners were being blocked from trying to publish the TJRC report by people in the President’s office;
“The commissioners have tried to meet that obligation (to publish the report in the Kenya Gazette) but they have been met with interference from people in the Office of the President, who have asked the Government Printer not to publish the report,” said Malombe KHRC.
Malombe called on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, to direct the police to investigate who is blocking the report from being published;
“We do know that there are people interfering with the publication of the report, we are asking the relevant investigative arm of the Government to investigate the purported interferences and the culpable parties brought to book,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST