NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial against Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang has adjourned its sittings to March 31, 2014.
Once the session resumes, it will run until April 16 before the court takes the Easter break. Prosecution witness 28 who needs a month to testify, will appear after the Easter break.
Deputy President William Ruto will be required to be physically present in court during the four-week testimony of P028.
On Tuesday, the 13th witness P0442 who completed giving her evidence to the court alleged that she heard Sang use derogatory words to incite Kalenjins to fight.
During cross-examination, Sang’s lawyer Katwa Kigen challenged her to explain the specific period in which she heard Sang inciting Kalenjins.
The witness however gave contradictory remarks since she told the court that she listened to Kass FM between January 10 to January 20 in 2008 yet she had alleged that she heard Sang inciting people between end of January 2008 to beginning of February 2008.
The witness on several occasions failed to respond to Kigen’s enquiries and instead questioned Kigen, prompting Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji to intervene.
According to the Document Containing Charges (DCC) released on August 1, 2011, Ruto and Sang allegedly planned attacks in the Rift Valley during the 2007-8 post election violence.
It is alleged that Ruto and Sang, as early as 2006 to January 2008, “planned to expel individuals namely members of the Kikuyu, Kamba, and Kisii (later referred to as Party of National Unity supporters).”
Ruto and Sang were at the time members and supporters of ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a rival of former President Mwai Kibaki’s PNU.
According to the ICC prosecution, Ruto and Sang were members of the network that controlled attacks in specific parts of the Rift Valley using derogatory terms like madoadoa, kimoriok, and kamama to refer to the targeted groups and take what belonged to them.
Sang allegedly used his show to coordinate attacks using coded language known to the perpetrators, whereas Ruto is accused of funding the assailants to carry out attacks around December 30, 2007 to January 2008 in Turbo town, the greater Eldoret area in Kiambaa, Yamumbi, Huruma and Kimumu.
Other areas included Kapsabet Town and Nandi Hills.
Former Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey who was accused alongside Ruto and Sang had his charges dropped during the confirmations stage in 2010.
The fate of the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta remains hanging after the prosecution said it did not have sufficient evidence to hold his charges.
Charges against former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali who were accused alongside Kenyatta in Kenya Case II had their charges dropped leaving Kenyatta as the only accused person who implemented a ‘common plan’ in the Nakuru and Naivasha killings.