The woes facing Kenya

27 April 2011 by Claire Wachira

The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has begun its first public hearings in Northern and upper Eastern Kenya, where it has so far collected 3,474 statements. 

Acting Chairperson Tecla Namachanja said the hearings would be rolled out nonstop across the country, until September, winding up in the Western and Mt Elgon regions. She explained that the Commission would first conduct individual hearings, listening to the stories of victims and perpetrators; these would be followed by institutional hearings – to see how the country’s institutions played a role; and finally the Commission will study events by theme.

“After the hearings in the Northern and upper Eastern regions we will move to Nairobi and Nyanza, Central and Rift Valley, lower Eastern and Coast, and then conclude in Western and Mt Elgon,” she said.

The Commission has so far collected 20,000 statements across the country. Thirty percent of these came from women who told stories of sexual violation and economic marginalisation.

In other Public hearings at Wajir (Northern Kenya), the TJRC heard witnesses describe the events of the alleged February 1984 Wagalla massacre.

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