The Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC)
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report that Kenyans have been anxiously waiting for is finally out and handed to the President of Kenya. This is the truth telling process that emphasize reconciliation.
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) was established in Kenya in August, 2009 by the TJRC Act 2008. The act acknowledges that since independence was achieved in this country in 1963, there has occurred gross violations of human rights, abuse of power and misuse of public office. Citizens of this country are therefore wrestling with the question of how to live with these atrocities.
However, during the ongoing wave of democratic transformations, there appear to be a new commitment at both domestic and international levels to bring justice and healing to people who have experienced gross human rights atrocities all these times. Domestically this initiative is in the name of TJRC. This is a welcome move.
Te effectiveness of this commitment will however be judged by the moral and political will to implement the recommendations given – whether in full or in part.
Let us also be mindful that there are some transgressions against Kenyans that cannot be properly addressed by our judicial institutions due to procedural and other hindrances.
Example is the land claim in Kibra by the Nubian community, who know no other home than Kibra. The Nubian community has written a comprehensive presentation to TJRC on the Kibra case.
There are other marginalized communities like the Nubians who have also presented their cases to TJRC.
What remains to be seen is whether people will end up smiling or whether status qua will remain. Let us it for the implementation of the recommendations in the report.
By the way, it is said that if the transgression is a result of error rather than impulse or intent, then the wrongness is not “in” us!
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