Just days after a leaked conversation between Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Kiambu politician George Nyanja exchanging anti-Ruto statements went viral on social media, it looks like the Deputy President has finally had enough and decided to go make peace with Kiambaa residents.
In 2013, Ruto was forced to listen to witness P-0536 at the Hague, as she choked with emotion while giving evidence against him.
Ruto had been accused of provoking a wave of murder for political gain after Kenya’s heavily contested 2007 elections.
The woman told the International Criminal Court that armed men with painted faces and carrying cans of petrol trapped mostly women and children from a rival tribe inside Kiambaa Church on New Year’s Day 2008.
Reliving the night, she said, “The door (to the church) was barricaded with bicycles, and we were all trying to escape. I threw my child out of the window,” she said with a cracking sound.
In total, 28 people were killed and dozens wounded during that attack.
It became one of the most notorious events of the six weeks of politically motivated violence in Kenya in late 2007 and early 2008, which left 1,300 people dead and 600,000 homeless.
Alongside radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang, Ruto was charged with three counts of crimes against humanity, including being an “indirect co-perpetrator” of murder, persecution and forcing people from their homes.
Now, more than 10 years since the brutal and inhumane attack, William Ruto is rumoured to be headed back to Kiambaa for a “Harambee” meant to raise funds for the rebuilding of the church.
According to a poster doing rounds on social media, Ruto will be accompanied by Kikuyu M.P Kimani Ichung’wa and Kiharu M.P Ndindi Nyoro.
It is still unconfirmed whether the supposed fundraiser set to be held on the 30th of June this year is legitimate or not.
Here is the poster below.
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