News / Africa

Ugandan Man Denies ICC Witness Intimidation

An April 2011 Combination picture shows Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, who was finance minister, and William Ruto, former Higher Education Minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.An April 2011 Combination picture shows Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, who was finance minister, and William Ruto, former Higher Education Minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
x
An April 2011 Combination picture shows Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, who was finance minister, and William Ruto, former Higher Education Minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
An April 2011 Combination picture shows Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, who was finance minister, and William Ruto, former Higher Education Minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
TEXT SIZE - +
James Butty
A Ugandan man living in Kenya says he is not behind the alleged intimidation of witnesses connected with the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and radio executive Joshua Sang.

But David Nyekorach-Matsanga, CEO of the Pan African Forum, accused the ICC of what he calls inducing and procuring witnesses against Mr. Ruto.

This comes after ICC Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji Wednesday warned the public not to reveal the identity of prosecution witnesses.

A number of online bloggers and social media users said they had identified the first witness in the case.

While the ICC did not name Matsanga, a published report identifies him as the man behind the withdrawal of ICC witnesses.

Matsanga said he has called for the setting up of an independent international panel to look into the way evidence was collected in Kenya by former ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

“I have never and will never get involved in any type of witness-tampering and intimidation. On the contrary, it is the ICC that has been doing the intimidation and procurement of witnesses. And that is why I am demanding an independent panel by state parties and a commission of inquiry into the way evidence was collected in Kenya. Witnesses were coached by Ruto political opponents,” he said.

Matsanga said he respects the ICC as an institution but not the office of the Chief Prosecutor because he said it has done a poor job on most of its cases in Africa.

He said the ICC used intermediaries, including Kenyan non-governmental organizations to investigate and collect flawed evidence against Ruto and his co-defendants.

A published report said Matsanga is said to be “working with two judges in the Kenyan cases and a number of paralegals at the ICC who give him information on witnesses”.

Matsanga denies he had been a consultant to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto in their ICC cases.

“I have never been employed by President Uhuru Kenyatta; I never drank tea or coffee with Uhuru Kenyatta or Ruto, full stop. I have never applied, made an appointment, signed any contract, or worked with Uhuru Kenyatta on the ICC case,” Matsanga said.

He confessed to being a critic of former ICC Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo.

“I have been a critic of the Chief Prosecutor’s office. I have been a critic of Ocampo who came with opportunistic NGOs in Kenya to kill international justice. That is all I have done,” Matsanga said.
Butty interview with Matsanga
Butty interview with Matsangai
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Matsanga said Kenya is not a banana republic where witnesses are sometimes killed. He said witnesses in the Ruto ICC case are withdrawing not because they are been threatened or intimidated but because they were promised material things like passports, good houses, and good education which never came to fruition.

You May Like

Multimedia Relatives of South Korean Ferry Victims Fire at Authorities

46 people are confirmed dead, but some 250 remain trapped inside sunken ferry More

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid