There are more calls for Kenya’s coalition government to implement the
Waki Commission recommendations. The commission was set up to look into the
causes of the violence that followed Kenya’s 2007 election. Among its
recommendations released last month, is that a tribunal be set up to try the
perpetrators of such violence.
The European Union is the latest international
body to call for a quick action on the commission’s recommendations. The EU has
threatened economic sanctions if the Commission report is not
Peter Anyang Nyongo was
the secretary general of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement party during
the 2007 election. He is now the minister responsible for medical services in
the coalition government.
From Washington where he is attending a conference of
pharmaceutical companies, Nyongo told VOA the Waki
Commission report is a well-written report.
thing in that report is that it says that the people mentioned in that report
are allegations, and the tribunal should be set up to investigate these
allegations and therefore establish their truth. So the most important thing
really is to proceed and establish the tribunal so that they can investigate
these allegations further because Waki and his team did not have time to
investigate everybody who was mentioned as having being involved,” he said.
Union, the largest donor group for Kenya, has reportedly said that
implementation of the Waki Commission report was a non-negotiable condition
that must be met before Kenya accesses any grant.
Nyongo said he
believes the Kenyan parliament would act to implement the commission’s report.
"I think that
kind of statement merely underscores the importance of living up to the promise
of looking into the post-election violence and dealing with the perpetrators.
So my conviction is that once the report comes to the cabinet which should be next
week and then the cabinet puts its recommendations to the national assembly, it
would be time then for parliament then to establish the modus operandi of the
tribunal which that report recommends,” Nyongo said.
It had been
suggested that political leaders from the affected areas were responsible for
fanning the post-election violence.
there is no indication that some lawmakers might be trying to delay
implementing the Waki Commission’s recommendation for fear they too might be
brought the proposed tribunal.
“I think the
concern is to make sure that the tribunal should make sure that it does its job
impartially in accordance with the rule of law. And I think the concern being
expressed is that people should not take the mere allegations to be a
conviction of those who have been mentioned directly or infer by the report.
And I think what people have been worrying about is the so-called envelope that
apparently put together by Wako and that this envelope contains the names of
their perpetrators,” he said.
there is a fear that this could lead to tarnishing innocent people’s names. He
also said he does not believe that carrying out the Waki Commission’s
recommendations could threaten Kenya’s coalition government.