Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Waki report to be handed over

Justice Philip Waki (centre) Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence and Commissioners Gavin McFadyen (left), and Pascal Kambale. Photo/FILE 

By OLIVER MATHENGE

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will on Wednesday morning receive the report by the commission of inquiry into post-election violence.

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is expected in the country on Wednesday and will receive a copy of the report by the Justice Philip Waki-led team on Friday.

The Waki report comes after five months of investigations into the post-election violence that followed the announcement of the disputed 2007 presidential election results.

President Kibaki will make the report, expected to shed light on the organisers, financiers, perpetrators and causes of the chaos, public in 14 days.

The Waki team was tasked to unearth the circumstances related to the post-election violence and the actions or omissions of State security agencies.

Averting violence

The Waki report will make recommendations on how to avert electoral violence in future, bringing those responsible to justice and eradicating impunity and promoting national reconciliation.

The report will also recommend legal, political and administrative measures to address the issues of violence. It is also expected to make recommendations on the proposed Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

The Waki team received evidence from 150 witnesses including top Government officials led by the Prime Minister through his lawyer.

Other top Government officials who made submissions to the commission are Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Attorney General Amos Wako.

There was also evidence from top ranking security officials and provincial administrators, especially from areas identified as hotspots.

Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianga, Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua and Director General of the National Security Intelligence Services Michael Gichangi also gave evidence.

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