Ruto due back in The Hague after weekend break

December 1, 2014 6:15 am
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Ruto was allowed to travel back to Nairobi to attend a Cabinet meeting after an application by his defence team, and is due back in The Hague on Tuesday/FILE
Ruto was allowed to travel back to Nairobi to attend a Cabinet meeting after an application by his defence team, and is due back in The Hague on Tuesday/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – The 27th witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang will on Monday morning continue his evidence-in-chief.

Meanwhile, the Trial V (a) judges allowed Ruto to travel back to Nairobi to attend a Cabinet meeting after an application by his defence team, and is due back in The Hague on Tuesday.

Ruto had been ordered to be physically present in court during the testimony of the 27th witness.

He will be in court on Wednesday as the defence teams begin questioning witness P0800.

The witness on Friday alleged that he heard Ruto telling a crowd in Eldoret that Kikuyus would be taken to Othaya in pick-ups once the Orange Democratic Movement won the 2007 General Election.

The witness, who the prosecution believes if crucial in the case against Ruto, listed to the court several people who he said wanted him to sign statements in order to recant his evidence.

The witness also told the court that Ruto referred to Kikuyus as mushrooms that required to be uprooted from the Rift Valley region.

He is among the nine witnesses compelled to testify after refusing to testify. He has however, stuck to his initial statement to the prosecution and told the court that there were attempts made to have him recant his evidence.

The witness also told the court that Sang used his show at Kass FM to provoke hatred between the Kalenjins and Kikuyus.

He alleged that Sang used coded Kalenjin words and sayings to advise Kalenjins that they were at war with Kikuyus.

According to the witness, incitements by Sang in his show led to the attacks and eviction of Kikuyus in the Rift Valley.

Despite pressure by Sang’s lawyer Katwa Kigen, witness P0800 stuck to his allegations on Sang’s role in inciting Kalenjins against Kikuyus.

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