By AUGUSTINE ODUOR
Kenya: The Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission has recommended that the President convenes a National Reconciliation Conference Day within six months of receiving its report.
The commission says during this day, the President and heads of the various security agencies will offer a public apology for violations and injustices committed during the period. The report also says the President shall, on that day, outline the nation’s Reconciliation Agenda.
This day shall be made a public holiday and representatives of victim groups from around the country shall be facilitated to attend the conference.
“The commission further recommends that the day on which the reconciliation conference will be held should be declared a public holiday in order to ensure a nation-wide focus on the subject of national healing and reconciliation,” reads the report.
In their report, the commission recommends that alleged perpetrators of ethnic incitement and violence be investigated and prosecuted, regardless of their status.
The commission instructs the Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure the individuals recommended for investigation or prosecution by previous commissions of inquiry on ethnic violence are investigated and prosecuted.
The report cited the Parliamentary Select Committee to Investigate Ethnic Clashes in Western Kenya and Other Parts of Kenya (Kiliku Commission), and Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Tribal Clashes in Kenya (Akiwumi Commission) as some of the reports that the DPP should take action on.
“The DPP shall also take action in respect to the recommendations of various reports of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights on ethnic and political violence including its report on the 2007/2008 PEV,” reads the report.
The commission said it has compiled a list of adversely mentioned persons in these reports to aid their identification.
It also recommends that within three months of the issuance of this report, the DPP shall issue a public report indicating the progress that his office has made in investigating and prosecuting the 2007/2008 post-election violence related cases.