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ICC officials grill Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria on DP William Ruto ‘fixing’ claim

THE HAGUE TRIAL
By Standard Team | October 15th 2015

 Moses Kuria yesterday met International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators for three hours to shed light on his claims that witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused Joshua arap Sang had been compromised.

The meeting, initially scheduled at Parliament Buildings, was moved to Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, where Kuria yesterday met the unidentified ICC officials in the company of his lawyer Danson Mungatana.

Kuria's session with the officials comes two days after meeting Sang's lawyers Katwa Kigen, Philemon Koech and Logan Hambrick, and ahead of another meeting with Ruto's lawyers tentatively planned for October 26.

Yesterday, Mungatana, who spoke after the session, said both parties had pledged to keep their discussions confidential but added Kuria had to clarify the information, which he had previously relayed through the media and in the presence of Sang's lawyers.

Kuria has claimed he procured at least five witnesses – whose identities he disclosed to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday – to give false testimony to the Kriegler and Waki commissions after the disputed 2007 presidential elections that led to the violence that is now the subject of criminal cases at The Hague-based court.

Kuria has claimed the ICC has relied on some of the evidence especially given to the Waki commission, which recommended the ICC intervention if a local tribunal was not formed, and sparked Ruto 'fixing' claims that attracted the ICC's attention leading to yesterday's meeting.

And counter-accusations between Jubilee coalition and the Opposition over the raging 'fixing' claims is far from over.

Yesterday, Jubilee legislators opened another can of worms to the ongoing debate, claiming the 'fixers' of the DP are the same individuals who fixed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Over 20 MPs drawn from the Central Kenya Parliamentary Group and led by Chairman Denis Waweru, said they were aware that individuals who were against Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto's candidacy in the run-up to the 2013 General Election had a hand in the witness coaching.

The politicians sought to encourage individuals who might have engaged in witness-coaching to come out and confess just like Kuria. Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki said it is only through knowing the truth that the country will heal.

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