As well as being former ministers, Ruto
are both members of parliament and senior figures in the main opposition
the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). Ruto is a potential candidate for
presidential election. Sang is also a prominent supporter of the ODM.
All three are accused of crimes
for murders, persecution and forcible displacement of population
between December 30, 2007 and the end of January 2008. According to an
independent investigation, 1,200 persons were killed, 3,500 wounded and
displaced because of violence linked to December 2007 presidential
Following the elections,
broke out between supporters of the Party of National Unity (PNU) of
Mwai Kibaki, who was proclaimed the winner, and those of ODM candidate
Odinga, who is now the Prime Minister. The ODM claimed the election had
rigged. The violence only ended after a power sharing agreement brokered
former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was signed on February 28, 2008.
The prosecution states that William
Kosgey and Joshua Sang had a common plan: “There was a plan to punish
supporters in the event that the 2007 presidential elections were
plan aimed at expelling them from the Rift Valley, with the ultimate
creating a uniform Orange Democratic Movement voting block”.
Prosecution adds that Ruto was the
head of the
network, Kosgey his treasurer and Joshua Sang the public relations
is an executive at the Kalenjin language radio station Kass FM in the
ICC Prosecutor Luis
took the initiative to open an investigation into crimes committed in
following 2007 elections, with the support of the United States,
United Nations and regional powers like Uganda and Tanzania.
Similar hearings are due to start on
21 in the case of Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, secretary to the
Francis Kirimi Muthaura and former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali.
© Hirondelle News Agency