Review commission fails to commence hearings
Written By:Judy Maina/Carol Gakii , Posted: Tue, Mar 25, 2008
The Independent Review Commission sworn in last week to probe last year’s presidential elections failed to start its work Tuesday as expected.
Addressing the press at the Kenyatta International Conference Center-KICC, the Commission chairman Johan Krieglar said the Commission could not commence public hearings as scheduled since the office from which they are expected to operate is still being set up.
Krieglar said the commission is keenly studying documents available to it with an aim of understanding the magnitude of the crisis that caused the deaths of over 1000 people and displaced about 500,000 others.
The commission that also includes two other international experts, Tanzanian Lady Justice Imani Daudi Aboud and Dr. Horacio Boneo of Argentina and four Kenyan experts, Prof. Marangu M’Marete, Mrs. Catherine Muyeka Mumma, Mr. Francis Angila and Mrs. Lucy Kambuni. is mandated to probe all aspects of the disputed presidential poll.
Among key witnesses expected to appear before the public inquiry are the Electoral Commission of Kenya, politicians, members of the public, the civil society and election observers.
The commission will have powers to summon anyone it deems to have information pertinent to the elections and compel them to cooperate under oath.
The meetings will mainly be open to the public unless under special circumstances when they will be held privately.
It will produce a final report of its findings and recommendations that will be submitted to the President within 3 to 6 months from the date of commencement.