|Response to speculations on the deported Armenians
The issue of the deported Armenians has become one of national curiosity.
As a result, there have been many allegations and wild speculations that some people have voiced and continue to voice.
There is now in place a Commission of Inquiry that will PUBLICLY
hold hearings to establish the truth so that Kenyans have an accurate picture of the occurences and circumstances leading to the deportation of the Armenians.
The commission has today gazetted their rules and procedures.
Therefore, the Government will not keep on unnecessarily contributing or responding to the many wild allegations and at times presposterous speculations but wishes to await the findings of the Commission of Inquiry. The Government requests leaders and Kenyans to offer any evidence and or opinions to the commission hearings instead of engaging in public relations exercises that may pre-empt the commission's work and findings and which serve to cloud the truth.
The Government also urges media editors and journalists not to pick on an isolated word or two in this statement (so as to create further speculation/ or advance a certain pre-conceived notion and perspective), but to use full sentences that provide the context of the message and argument being communicated.
Attached: Commission of Inquiry Rules and Procedures
Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, EBS
June 20th, 2006
Office of Government Spokesperson
KICC Building, 3rd Floor
8 Harambee Avenue
Nairobi - Kenya
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