Kenya government urges rights panel to be non-partisan

February 20th, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by admin  

Nairobi, Feb 20 (Xinhua) The Kenyan government Wednesday urged the state-funded Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) to be non-partisan in its work to avoid further polarizing the country. With the current crisis afflicting the country, the commission should not take sides but discourage the culture of impunity, by sticking to the truth, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said during a meeting with KNHRC officials in his office.

Musyoka said there is need to find a solution that will be uniquely Kenyan in the on-going talks since the country has the capacity to rise and shine.

He termed the post-election violence as a national shame, which should be addressed by the Kenyans themselves.

Musyoka said it was necessary for the commission to help all the parties involved in the dialogue process get to the bottom of the matter including those who committed gross violation to humanity.

The vice president noted that it was a shame that a number of Kenyans were now living as refugees in their own country and urged the commission to assist in efforts to return the country to normalcy.

He said it is necessary for the commission to advocate peace and reconciliation by talking to all political leaders so that a lasting solution is found.

More than 1,000 people have been killed while 350,000 others have been displaced across Kenya following violence which erupted after the disputed presidential elections.

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