The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) created by the parliament through the Truth Justice and Reconciliation (TJR) Act 2008 drafted a comprehensive TJRC Report. This report contained investigations and records of human right violations by the State, since Kenya’s independence in 1963 to 2008; explaining the causes of the violations and recommending prosecution of perpetrators and reparations for victims.
The TJRC collected 42,465 statements and 1,828 memoranda from Kenyans, and conducted public hearings all over the country. During the hearings, victims, witnesses and alleged perpetrators gave their stories to the TJRC. Additionally, the TJRC conducted research and investigations. All the information was analyzed and used to compile the final report.
The TJRC published its final report of 2,210 pages and with up to four volumes. The TJRC handed over its Final report to President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 21, 2013, after four years of work. The text documents extensive human rights violations and other injustices committed in Kenya during the British colonial period (1895-1963) and under the administrations of Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi, and Mwai Kibaki – including during the 2007-2008 Post-election Violence.
Despite the serious lack of political will by the Kibaki government and subsequently the “Nusu mukate” government which delayed the work of the TJRC however, the report was finally presented to pres. Uhuru Kenyatta the son of the first president of the republic of Kenya.
Technically, the report was to be table in parliament for discussion and implementation of which up to now did not happened under the current government and furthermore did not give any logical reasons as to why the implementation of the report is still pending.
The TJRC Final Report gives the names of several army commanders who are alleged to be the most responsible for violations which affected communities in Northern Kenya in the 1960s of which even my lovely grand pa “OMAR” was sadly a victim. It also appends the names of persons adversely mentioned in the report, and recommends that alleged crimes be further investigated and, where warranted, prosecuted.
Unfortunately more than 30 years the people of the north are still waiting justices to be served. We the northerners despite having representatives from the region fell under represented and simply second class citizens. The biggest enigma for me is the compensation attempts of 07/08 PEV victims by UhurUto government while the serious human right violation against the northerners were long way brushed under the carpet.
Concisely, the recent demise of key persons who were in one way or the other the perpetrators of the violence against our people as well mentioned in the TJRC report is a clear indication that God is always just. He has assured us of His perfect justice. And while we may feel that the perpetrators have gotten off Scott-free; ultimately God will judge everything in truth. He will bring us all to account and will show us all the truth behind our deeds.