6 June 2014

Kenya: ICC Non-Committal On Maina Njenga's Claims

Nairobi — The International Criminal Court on Friday declined to confirm whether former Mungiki Sect leader Maina Njenga has recorded a statement with them on the events that might have led to the 2007-2008 post election violence.

This comes days after Njenga was quoted by a newspaper saying that he recorded a statement with ICC investigators about the 2007-08 post-election violence in Botswana.

Njenga further claimed a recent gun attack that left five people dead was motivated by the statements he recorded with ICC investigators on the Kenyan cases.

ICC Outreach Coordinator Maria Kamara remained guarded when asked for a comment on the claims, instead clarifying that all the court's witnesses are protected as outlined in the Witness Protection Unit regulations.

"All witnesses at the ICC or persons who speak to the ICC whether for the prosecution or defence are protected and the Court is not in a position to confirm who is a witness and who is not," Kamara told journalists during the outreach's monthly media briefing.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku is on record saying the attack was a result of in-fighting between Mungiki gangs.

Njenga revealed that he volunteered to record his ICC statement on condition that it was done outside the country.

He then flew to Gaborone in Botswana where he recorded his statement but said he has not been called to testify and does not intend to do so. He was quoted saying said he could not remember the date that he went to Botswana.

"Let people know that they want to kill me because of the case against (President) Uhuru at the ICC. Sometime back, officials from the ICC sought me. The court officials asked me to say what I knew about the violence but I told them I knew nothing because I was in prison."

"They told me that I just say what I knew before I recorded a statement, but the court has not confirmed to me if I am a witness. This attack is very much related to the ICC case," Njenga said when he addressed the press from his hospital bed.

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