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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 ICC TRIALS | Client never called for ethnic cleansing, court told Ruto lawyers play clips ‘to show witness lied’ In one tape, Deputy President is heard assuring nonKalenjins they won’t be kicked out BY DAVE OPIYO @DaveOpiyo firstname.lastname@example.org eral video clips to prove that their client never called for ethnic cleansing of non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley. In one of the clips played to D International Criminal Court judges by lawyer Karim Khan, Mr Ruto, while addressing a rally in Kapsabet Town, is heard assuring all non-Kalenjins that they would not be kicked out as where they resided “was their home”. Specifically, the Deputy President is heard telling Luhyas and other tribes living in the Rift Valley not to be deceived by anyone that they would be chased away from their land and that the Constitution guaranteed the rights of every Kenyan. The rally had been convened to drum up support for ODM and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga ahead of the 2007 General Election. “Was this not the con- stant message that Mr Ruto preached and not that he wanted to cleanse the Luhya and other communities out of the Rift Valley?” asked Mr Khan. He went on: “And that Ken- yans fighting against Kenyans is not ODM’s agenda? That their main focus is the fight against poverty, unemploy- ment and discrimination?” “Yes”, witness P-0409 replied. Mr Khan said he was sur- prised that despite being a key player in the trial against Mr Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang, the witness did not bother to follow the court proceedings that led to Mr Ruto’s confirmation charges. He said he was equally amazed that the witness, who had last week claimed former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey eputy President William Ruto’s defence yesterday played sev- IF YOU GO Witness said parables used Last week, the 12th prosecution witness told the ICC how Deputy President William Ruto (below) and former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey allegedly used parables to call for eviction of non-Kalenjins. The witness said Mr Kosgey was the first to make the call with Mr Ruto later on repeating the same words that had been uttered by the former MP while making his own speech. also asked for the “uprooting” of non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley, was not aware that the former MP’s son, Mr Alex Kosgey, vied and lost the Emgwen parliamentary seat on a PNU ticket. “I don’t remember him since he does not come from my constituency,” he said. Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are facing crimes against humanity charges in The Hague for the 2008 post-election violence that led to the killing of more than 1,000 people and 650,000 others being made homeless. Yesterday, Mr Khan also showed various photographs of the Nandi Hills Stadium and asked the witness to positively identify it. He said the witness had never been to the stadium, a claim the witness denied. “It is not true…I have been there,” the witness replied. Mr Khan: How far is the Nandi Hills Stadium from the town centre? Witness: It is five minutes on foot. Mr Khan: Does it have a perimeter wall? Witness: No. Mr Khan: Are you aware that Raila Odinga and Najib Balala led ODM to a rally at Nandi Hills in December 2007? Witness: I did not know of the December rally. Mr Khan: Is it because you were not in Nandi region in December 2007 at all? Witness: I was in Nandi Hills then. Mr Khan: You could not have missed such a massive rally held by Mr Odinga if you were in the area? Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji: Mr Khan this is an argumentative question. JACKOB OWITI I NATION Baskets are loaded onto a bus at the Kisumu bus park yesterday. The baskets were made in Vihiga and were being taken to Nyamira where they are used by farmers for harvesting tea leaves. National News 3 LABOUR |Tea baskets off to Nyamira Kenyan cases at the ICC debated in Washington BY KEVIN J. KELLEY Washington DC Supporters and critics of the Kenyan cases at the International Criminal Court traded jabs in a debate at a university in Washington. Neither of the two parties — the ICC and the Kenyan Government — were represented in the Tuesday four-person panel, whose members presented conflicting views on issues of witness intimidation, political interference by outside parties and the impartiality of today’s system of international justice. “The ICC has shot itself in the foot,” declared Regina Njogu, a Kenyan who practises human rights law in the US. She accused the court of failing to honour the presumption of innocence, and of bribing and coaching witnesses to give false testimony. Alleged collusion ICC investigators have “colluded with civil-society organisations” and have paid Kenyans to testify against the leaders, she charged. Ms Njogu suggested that the ICC was being manipulated by the European Union, which, she said, supplied 60 per cent of the court’s funding. “That kind of financial muscle is connected to this interference,” she claimed. Those allegations were rejected by two of the other panellists — Michael Greco, a former president of the American Bar Association, and Stephen Lamony, an adviser on AU and UN matters for an NGO that supports the work of the ICC. “You’ve made statements I be- lieve are not fact-based,” Mr Greco told Ms Njogu. It is the Kenyan Government that has created “a climate of fear” that has led many prosecution witnesses to withdraw from the cases against President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, Mr Lamony said.
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