Saturday, August 8, 2009

Torture Victims, Former Mps and Activists Sue in Court for Removal of TJRC Chair

A new twist in the evolving TJRC saga: A Nairobi court has allowed former torture victims and other activists to sue for the removal of the TJRC Chair, Amb Bethwel Kiplagat whom they have accused of being part of the oppressive state machine under President Moi. The Court has granted permission for them to proceed against Kiplagat with a view to invalidating the oath of office he took last week.

Meanwhile, it appears that government is unwilling to establish a complementary judicial mechanism to the TJRC. Acknowledging the role of the TJRC, the EU has warned that funding to the TJRC will be pegged to the establishment of a judicial mechanism to try key suspects linked to the post electoral violence.

Speaking in Nairobi, the Chair of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Ms Florence Jaoko has stated that two years granted to the TJRC is not sufficient for it to meet its broad mandate.

The Secretary general of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Mr Francis Atwoli has hit out at dithering ministers, noting that Waki Report on Post Electoral Violence offers 'no escape route': it is either a local tribunal or The Hague (ICC).

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