ICC witness says he saw dogs, pigs feed on bodies

March 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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"Some bodies had panga cuts, but others you could not tell because they had been eaten by dogs and pigs," the witness told the judges/XINHUA-File
“Some bodies had panga cuts, but others you could not tell because they had been eaten by dogs and pigs,” the witness told the judges/XINHUA-File
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – The 14th witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang on Monday told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that he saw dogs and pigs feeding on seven bodies during the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

He explained to the court that he was on his way back home from escorting his wife early in the morning when he saw the bodies.

“Some bodies had panga cuts, but others you could not tell because they had been eaten by dogs and pigs,” the witness told the judges.

He said on asking the police why they were not collecting the bodies, they told him that they were tired of collecting them.

The witness says he found groups of youths who had erected road blocks where they attacked Kikuyus after vetting them using their Identity Cards.

“I met youths who had barricaded roads… on the road it was written ODM zone. Then I found another body of a person. I met ODM people again, they asked me to identify myself. I hid my National Identity Card in my socks and my phone. I told them that my ID and phone were stolen. I told them that I was left with Sh100. They took my Sh100 and let me go,” the witness narrated to the court.

Earlier, the witness told the court that he had been informed that Kalenjins had slashed a Kikuyu man to death.

According to the witness, before the man was killed, several houses belonging to Kikuyus had been torched by groups of Kalenjins who seemed to take orders on phone on where to attack.

He explained to the court that the groups of Kalenjin warriors had camped on a hill where they could monitor where to attack.

He said Kikuyus got overpowered and could not protect their houses from the rowdy Kalenjin youths.

The witness is expected to complete his testimony on Tuesday paving way for cross-examination by the defence counsels of Ruto and Sang.

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