News 2008


Truth commision to begin work soon

Daily Nation


12. March 2008

The proposed Truth and Justice Commission could be gazetted this week, negotiators at the ongoing National Dialogue and Reconciliation talks said Tuesday.

The PNU and ODM representatives also announced that they were about to conclude Agenda IV of the talks. This involves land, legal and constitutional reforms and is the last item of discussion.

On Tuesday, Eldoret MP William Ruto said PNU and ODM negotiators were now going to “assist Parliament understand the agreement so far”.


He said everybody involved in implementing the recommendations of the negotiating team should take their responsibility seriously. “It is unfair for us to agree on positions and fail to agree on implementation,” he said.

PNU is represented at the talks by Cabinet ministers Martha Karua, Sam Ongeri, Moses Wetang’ula and MP Mutula Kilonzo. Mr Ruto, Sabatia MP Musalia Mudavadi, Aldai’s Sally Kosgei and Ugenya’s James Orengo are ODM’s representatives.

Sources at Tuesday’s session chaired by former Nigerian minister Oluyemi Adeniji said the negotiators agreed that the Justice Commission be gazetted. This means its terms and conditions will be set and each side will name its representatives to the team.

Working plan

The team proposed that the commission should start its work immediately and implement a two-year working plan.

Mr Wetang’ula, the Foreign Affairs minister, said an independent review committee to investigate last year’s disputed presidential elections would start its work on March 15.

The team is headed by a former head of South Africa’s Electoral Commission Chistiaan Kriegler. Other foreign experts are a Malawian and an Argentine.

ODM has appointed child rights activist Catherine Muyeka Mumma and Mr Francis Angila Aywa to the team. PNU is yet to do so.

A spokesman for Mr Adeniji, Mr Nasser Ega-Musa said Tuesday’s session proceeded well contrary to claims that it was stormy after a controversial statement by Civil Service head Francis Muthaura on the government structure for the proposed grand-coalition.

Mr Ega-Musa said the talks had been pushed to tomorrow to enable the negotiators attend Parliament.