By Chris Maina
The suggestions by a section of ODM legislators to form a new truth and reconciliation commission is not being received well by the party base who now accuse top organs of the coalition of insincerity over the Hague cases.
The push, attributed to Kitutu Masaba MP Richard Onyonka and Kajiado’s Major (ret) Nkaissery attempts to create a south-Africa style truth body specifically to deal with the ICC cases.
This is despite the fact that the Waki Commission investigated the case as well as the ongoing judicial exercise at the ICC. The MPs, critics say, are only pushing for another cash cow for relatives and cronies. The history of commissions of inquiry of past injustices is filled with litigation at every turn that this new commission risk running into a dispute of the very meaning of the word ‘truth’ and ‘reconciliation’ as regards the events of 2007.
The MPs also seem to be oblivious that the country has spent billions in shillings to just a section of privileged IDPs from a particular community and because the government, or its agencies, killed data on IDP in some regions, opening up that past is egregiously insulting.
The last truth commission, chaired by Prof Bethwel Kiplagat, still has its report gathering dust at statehouse, months after the commission, with delays and incessant squabbles, presented it to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Again, a section of commissioners of that commission accused colleagues of doctoring the final report. Commissions only further impunity!
The new truth initiative will probably be among the agenda of the joint parliamentary group discussion of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, Cord.
After yesterday’s open dissent by Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, several party MPs have taken to their Face Book pages, with some avowing never to be part of the new push by the opposition to support government attempts to withdraw the country from the Rome Statute as well as stop President Uhuru Kenyatta from attending his trial at the ICC come Nov 12.
The trial of Deputy President William Ruto and Radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang are ongoing.