Politicians and senior government officials helped to coordinate the massacre of ODM supporters in the 2007-08 post-election violence, according to an International Criminal Court document.
The 69-page Pre-Trial Brief was compiled by the office of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and posted on the Internet on Monday night.
It said President Uhuru Kenyatta, retired President Mwai Kibaki, Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia and the late Security Minister John Michuki were central in the planning of the attacks.
Bensouda also named Solicitor General Njee Muturi and former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waitutu as among the powerful individuals who influenced her key witnesses to conceal Uhuru’s involvement in the bloodshed.
According to Bensouda, this team of senior PNU officials bankrolled the outlawed Mungiki sect that went on a killing spree, raped women, burnt houses and forcibly circumcised ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru.
“Mr Kimemia explained that Mwai Kibaki, Kenyatta and Muthaura had identified Naivasha as the target for the attack,” Bensouda said of an alleged meeting between Kimemia and the Mungiki.
She said that during the violence, Kimemia transmitted Uhuru’s orders to the Mungiki, maintained regular contact with senior Mungiki commanders, and distributed money to them.
“Before the Rift Valley attacks, Mungiki members received automatic weapons, ammunition, grenades, camouflage uniforms and police handcuffs that the Accused [Uhuru] and Mr Muthaura had authorised PNU intermediaries, including Mr Kimemia, to supply them,” the Brief said.