, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – The eighth prosecution witness against Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused Joshua arap Sang took the International Criminal Court (ICC) stand on Thursday, giving a his account of events after Mwai KIbaki was declared winner of the 2007 bungled General Election.
Witness P0535 claimed in court how Kalenjin youths in their thousands ran amok burning houses that belonged to Kikuyus.
The witness said that the youths first congregated on top of an undisclosed hill where they sang circumcision songs before coming downhill like a colony of ants setting ablaze every house on their path.
“At that time when they were singing they were coming down the hill burning houses. They would go up and down the hill like ants burning houses,” he said.
The witness added that the youths would throw an unknown item at the houses before the houses caught fire.
He however told the Court that he could not see what it was exactly that was being used to set the houses on fire because it was getting dark.
“They were throwing something under the house and then the house would go ablaze but we could not see what because it was dark,” he recalled.
He further revealed that some of the youths were not residents of the area but had come from other parts of the Rift Valley.
Witness P0535 also said that he could identify three of the group’s leaders but those names were not revealed in public.
He pointed out three names of individuals he personally knew and who were leading the crazed group of men.
Prosecution Counsel, Adewole Omofade: Were you able to recognise any of them?
Omofade: Take a look at your list do you recognise any other names as leaders of that group?
Omofade: Please tell us which ones.
Witness: Number one, number four and number five.
The witness at the same time added that he had to host five Kikuyu families on the day when the results were announced after they lost their homes.
He said he had to host five mothers and their children to protect them from the killers.
“When we were there we tried to warn them not to burn the houses because we knew them and we were calling them by name. We were trying to help the Kikuyu women and children but they did not listen,” he explained.
Witness P0535 also said that the youths were armed with bows and arrows and that before the presidential results were announced, the young men had gone around declaring that the Orange Democratic Movement would win and take over the government.