A document authored by PNU party showing how DP Ruto organized the post-election violence has been rejected by the ICC.
PNU submitted to the ICC the dossier in order to buttress a theory they were pushing that there existed an ‘organised network’ in the Rift Valley where hundreds were killed, including the burning of refuge-seekers at a local church.
The dossier, also submitted to the Waki Commission by officials of the PNU party intended to show that Ruto, then a senior ODM Party leader, was a key planner in this network. Its import was to persuade the court that violence in the Rift Valley was not spontaneous.
â€œThe prosecution submits that the item is relevant to the charges, and particularly to the criminal responsibility of Mr Ruto and the organised character of the network. The prosecution further submits that the document has prima facie (face-value) probative value,â€ she argued.
However, judgesÂ Chile Eboe-Osuji, Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr rejected the document, saying they could not confirm its authenticity as it quotes anonymous sources. PNU leaders, who later metamorphosed into TNA and formed an alliance with Ruto spent three long years between 2011 and 2013 elections castigating ODM and its leader Raila Odinga of having fixed DP Ruto.
â€œThere is no information as to the provenance of the information set down in the report by the author of the report, namely whether the [REDACTED] was able to corroborate the evidence provided by these anonymous sources of information,â€ they ruled.
To date, the ICC has never released any document or testimony against both Ruto which originated from ODM.
Revelations of the existence of the document has sent shock-waves in DP Ruto’s Kalenjin home turf, with a number of leaders openly telling him to challenge President Uhuru in 2017.
DP Ruto lawyers spirited opposed the submission of the document, saying the allegations in it were a meticulous campaign to smear the Deputy President, then a high ranking opposition leader.
â€œIn the opinion of the Ruto defence the document was created as part of a scheme to falsely accuse Mr Ruto of planning and funding the post-election violence,â€ the judges captured in their decision.