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Kenya Launches Truth and Reconciliation Task Force

The Kenyan government launched a task force on Sunday mandated with deciding whether to set up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission to confront the country’s troubled past. The government, which broke the former ruling party’s 40-year grip on power in a landmark election in December, has promised to deal with the east African country’s history of corruption, torture, and human rights abuses. On Sunday, Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi launched the task force which will work out how best to do that. “We cannot pretend that things which happened did not happen, we cannot wish those things away,” Murungi told ministers, religious leaders and the media in Nairobi. “We have a very cruel history of torture, of gross abuses of human rights, lawlessness and impunity. We have come here to put a stop to those things. We cannot remain with this untidy book of accounts for ever. It is time for us to look at them and find some way of closing.” The 15 member task force will decide whether it is better to openly discuss and record past mistakes so that they never happen again, or whether setting such a process in motion could do more damage than good in a country which remains fragile. Full Story

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