Broadcaster Joshua arap Sang is likely to write to Cord leader Raila Odinga, formally requesting him to testify in his favour at the International Criminal Court.
The Sang defence strategy emerged only days after Raila restated he is willing to testify on behalf of Deputy President William Ruto and ODM was not in any way involved in the planning of the 2007/08 bloodletting.
However, Ruto has remained tight-lipped on the Raila offer, as the former Prime Minister and his ODM brigade have laid siege on President Uhuru Kenyatta over the DP’s alleged “fixing”.
Yesterday, Sang’s lawyer Philemon Koech told the Star a final decision would be reached next week on whether Raila would be formally approached.
Raila claims the incriminating evidence at the heart of Ruto’s case was supplied with Uhuru’s blessings and named his close alleged confidants Nancy Gitau, Mutea Iringo and Michael Gichangi as among alleged Ruto “fixers”.
“Ever since I made that offer, I have been publicly and privately told by persons claiming to stand with Hon William Ruto that my testimony is not needed. In fact, Hon Ruto and his legal team have been publicly beseeched by the same Jubilee politicians challenging me today to testify not to accept any help from me,” Raila said.
Days to the 2013 general election, Sang threw his weight behind Raila’s presidential bid, dismissing as baseless claims that he fixed them at The Hague.
“We are away in a foreign land with my brother [Ruto] because of allegations made against us. The truth must be told. In my opinion, the people who masterminded and planned to have me and my brother taken to The Hague did not include Raila Odinga,” Sang said then.
Lawyers say Raila’s testimony is likely to help the Ruto/Sang case by buttressing their claim that they were fixed by their PNU opponents after the bungled 2007 presidential polls.
“Mr Ruto was, at that time, a prime target of those who stole the elections,” Raila said.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda accuses Sang of placing his primetime radio show Lene Emet at Ruto’s disposal before and during the PEV. Ruto was an ODM Pentagon Member then.
The second prosecution witness claimed the Orange Party bankrolled the youths who went on a killing spree, raping women and evicting people from their homes in the Rift Valley.
Early this year, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of the DP, said
“Raila is an international leader and a national leader. It has been said that he has sacrificed a lot for this country, he should also sacrifice for the Deputy President for the sake of national unity,” Murkomen told the Star.
“As a lawyer, I would advice the DP to ask Raila to testify in his case.”