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DPM Uhuru Kenyatta and former Head of Civil Service, Francis Muthaura at The ICC during the confirmation of charges, in 2012. [Photo: File/Standard]

By Evelyn Kwamboka

KENYA: The ICC Prosecutor now says she has additional incriminating evidence sufficient to sustain murder charges against Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr William Ruto and two other Kenyan suspects.

The enhanced murder charges were contained in updated documents of charges prepared by Gambia-born Fatou Bensouda on the serious crimes against humanity facing the four Kenyans.

The new document reasserts alleged meetings held at State House, Nairobi, with Uhuru playing the central role in planning the revenge attacks witnessed in Naivasha.

As for Ruto who the prosecutor saddles with the Kiambaa church killings in Eldoret, the Prosecutor introduces a new list of alleged accomplices he was supposed to have worked with in mobilising, coordinating and commanding the killings in the Rift Valley.

Key among the names is that of Industrialisation minister and Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, who initially the prosecution sought to have indicted alongside the four, before he was let off for lack of evidence that the judges felt would sustain trial.

Also listed as Ruto’s accomplices, though not for purposes of being charged by to show the depth of alleged planning and execution of a ‘common plan’ with military precision, are four senior former security officials from the Rift Valley.

They are two former military generals, John Koech and Augustine Cheruiyot, as well as former GSU and presidential service Commandant Samson Cherambos, who incidentally was one of the witnesses Ruto took to The Hague during pre-trial stage in a bid to clear his own name.

Also mentioned along this line is former international athlete killed in the clashes, Lucas Sang, as well as Mount Elgon MP Fred Kapondi.

Also listed as an accomplice is a renowned businessman and big-time farmer in Eldoret, Mr Jackson Kibor, a former ally of Ruto who was at first charged in a Kenyan court with the violence, but the charges were later dropped.

In her documents Bensouda outlined the kind of weaponry, strategies adopted to corner the targets of violence, the locations of attacks, and the manner in which the victims were executed as well as how the assaults were carried out and communication among perpetrators conveyed, to anchor the enhanced count she wants them charged with. 

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